• !5-inch Rodman Cannon

    Civil War Defenses of Washington

    District of Columbia

Can You Trace Your Family to the Civil War Period in Washington, DC?

The National Park Service, in partnership with American University, is undertaking a project to document the local history of African American communities — communities established during or after the Civil War (1861-1877) and associated with eight Civil War Defense sites in Washington, DC.

This project will document the stories of these communities and their descendants in the Washington, DC, area. Dr. Sue Taylor, American University, is the principal investigator for this project. Sharing your story will help the National Park Service document and preserve cultural resources of historical importance that are still important to the community today. Communities east of the Anacostia River around Fort Davis, Fort Dupont, and Fort Mahan as well as communities in Northwest DC near Fort Bunker Hill, Fort Reno, Fort Slocum, Fort Stevens, and Battery Kemble are included in the project. Check out the fort sites and their associated neighborhoods.

Your story is important!
If you would like to participate, please contact Dr. Sue Taylor at suet@american.edu or call 202-885-1830;

 

 

Did You Know?

Rodman cannon at Fort Foote

The 15-inch Rodman cannon at Fort Foote in Prince George's County, Maryland, weighs about 50,000 lbs (25 tons).