Fort Stevens

Fort Stevens (HMXDA)

Location: Washington, DC 20011
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 57.865', W 77° 1.736'

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"We haven't taken Washington, but we scared Abe Lincoln like hell! "
General Jubal Anderson Early

Built between 1861-1863 this structure was originally called Fort Massachusetts and guarded the northern defenses of the nation's capital during the Civil War. On July 11-12, 1864 Fort Stevens defended the city from a Confederate attack under the command of General Jubal Anderson Early. During the battle, President Abraham Lincoln came under direct fire from Confederate sharpshooters while he witnessed the battle from the parapet of the fort. The Battle of Fort Stevens marks the only time in American history that a seated President came under direct fire from an enemy combatant during a time of war.

Fort Stevens was named after General Isaac Ingalls Stevens. General Stevens was killed on September 2, 1862 during the Battle of Chantilly, Virginia.

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In order to construct Fort Stevens, the home of the original property owner, Elizabeth Thomas, was destroyed. Several years after her death in 1917, Ms. Thomas's family was financially compensated by the U.S. Government for the loss of the home and property.
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:29am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324215 N 4314785
Decimal Degrees38.96441667, -77.02893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 57.865', W 77° 1.736'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 57' 51.90" N, 77° 1' 44.16" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200-1298 Rittenhouse St NW, Washington DC 20011, US
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