150th Anniversary of the Civil War

The Civil War Defenses of Washington hosted three days of special events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. These events highlighted the pivotal role of Fort Stevens in preventing Confederate General Jubal Early from wreaking havoc in Washington, D.C. and capturing the nation's capital. The Battle of Fort Stevens was the only time in United States history that a president in office came under direct enemy fire.

Visitors from across the country attended the special events and programs. Highlights of the weekend included a Civil War historians' roundtable, a commemorative postal issuance, battlefield walks and talks, and a memorial ceremony at Battleground National Cemetery. More than 100 living history demonstrators gave visitors a glimpse of what life was like on a Civil War battlefield with a cannon firing, live music, camp tours and musket demonstrations.

The National Park Service was thrilled with the turnout and response from the local community, and wants to extend its thanks to our friends and partners who helped to pull-off an outstanding commemoration.


Schedule of Events

July 10, 2014

Washington's Civil War Forts and Parks
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, D.C.
Presentations sponsored by National Capital Planning Commission and National Archives

Battle of Fort Stevens and Montgomery County
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Takoma Park Municipal Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
History of the battle and selected video clips from "Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War"

July 11, 2014

Fort Stevens Civil War Historians' Round Table
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Nativity Church at 6008 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
Noted Civil War scholars and authors speak on the significance of the Civil War and the Battle of Fort Stevens.

July 12, 2014

Hike Back in History
9:00 a.m.
Location: Battery Kemble to Fort Stevens
5 mile hike departs from Battery Kemble (Chain Bridge Road NW) through several forts to Fort Stevens. Sponsored by the Hiking Society. Call (301) 565-6704 Ex:204 for reservations. For more information click here

150th Anniversary Commemorative Program
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Fort Stevens, 13th & Georgia Ave. NW, D.C. 20011
Federal, municipal and community representatives, keynote speaker, music

150th Anniversary
Commemorative Activities
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Fort Stevens, 13th & Georgia Ave. NW, D.C. 20011
Music, Civil War living history demonstrations, 19th century crafts, music, and children's activities; historic talks and walks; soldiers' encampments.

July 13, 2014

Civil War 150th History Mobile and Commemorative Activities
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Fort Stevens, 13th & Georgia Ave. NW, D.C. 20011
Historic talks and walks, and the History Mobile

150th Anniversary Memorial Program
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Battleground National Cemetery, 6625 Georgia Ave. NW, D.C. 20012
Honoring those interred at the Battleground National Cemetery and others who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Civil War. Programming to include reading the interred names, placement of U.S. flags at grave markers, and period music.

Download this schedule and additional programs and events leading to the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens: Programs to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens

The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens was a great success. We will be planning for next year event at Fort Stevens. If you or your organization would like to participate in the actives to celebrate the Battle of Fort Stevens please contact Ranger Kenya Finley by phone 202-603-1004 and or kenya_finley@nps.gov.

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