Fort Ellsworth

Fort Ellsworth (HMUAC)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.458', W 77° 4.222'

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Fort Ellsworth, one of 68 earthen forts built to protect Washington during the Civil War, was constructed in 1861. When completed, the fort had a perimeter of 618 yards and was an irregular Vauban-type star design of French origin. The fort was garrisoned by many regiments in the course of the war. The largest of its guns, a 100-pound Parrott, had a maximum range of 8,428 yards. The fort was named for Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, Commander of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves and a friend of President Lincoln. Colonel Ellsworth was the first Union officer to be killed in the Civil War. He was shot at Marshall House, Alexandria, after removing a Confederate flag from the tavern roof, and lay in state at the White House. He is buried in Mechanicville, New York.
Series This marker is part of the Defenses of Washington series
Placed ByFort Ellsworth Condominiums
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 5:55pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] TRIVIA  [2] TRIVIA  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320230 N 4297465
Decimal Degrees38.80763333, -77.07036667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.458', W 77° 4.222'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 27.48" N, 77° 4' 13.32" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 Roberts Ln, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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