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
Battle of Fort Stevens and Montgomery County
July 11, 2014
Fort Stevens Civil War Historians' Round Table
July 12, 2014
Hike Back in History
150th Anniversary Commemorative Program
July 13, 2014
Civil War 150th History Mobile and Commemorative Activities
150th Anniversary Memorial Program
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Did You Know?
Built in 1861, Fort Stevens originally was named Fort Massachusetts. The fort was renamed Fort Stevens in 1863 after Isaac Ingalls Stevens. Stevens was the governor of the Washington Territory.