Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fort Ward - Defended Washington DC during the Civil War

MAY 2008

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington DC during the American Civil War (!861-1865). Periodic encampments are held showing the everyday life of Civil War soldiers and civilians throughout the year. The fort remains approximately 90-95% intact, with the Northwest Bastion restored to illustrate the appearance of the entire fortification circa 1864. A 45-acre park with a museum and a 2000-volume Civil War research library now surrounds the fort. The Fort is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, Virginia and is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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