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Fort Bayard was built to overlook River Road, a historically important route into the capital from the north. Connected by rifle-pits to Fort Simmons and Fort Reno, Fort Bayard mounted four 20-pounder Parrott rifles and two 12-pounder field howitzers. Today, located at the intersection of River Road NW and Western Avenue NW, the site retains no visible remains of the fort.
Did You Know?
When the Civil War began, Fort Washington was the only existing fortification for the capital's defense. Fort Washington, nearly 12 miles down the Potomac, was built to guard against enemy ships during the War of 1812.