Defenses of Washington

Defenses of Washington (HMVD)

Location: Belle Haven, VA 22303 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 46.879', W 77° 4.69'

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During the Civil War, the U.S. Army constructed a series of forts and artillery batteries around Washington to protect it from Confederate attack. Forts O'Rourke, Weed, Farnsworth, and Lyon stood just to the north, and Fort Willard which still exists, to the east. These fortifications constituted the extreme southern defense line of the city. By the war's end, a line of 163 forts and batteries extended about 37 miles around Washington, but today only a handful survive. A century later, during the Cold War, a ring of Nike missile sites similarly encircled the capital to protect it.
Marker NumberE-81
Year Placed1999
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 12:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 319486 N 4294560
Decimal Degrees38.78131667, -77.07816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.879', W 77° 4.69'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 52.74" N, 77° 4' 41.40" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600 Main St, Belle Haven VA 22303, US
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