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In October 1862, Secretary of War Edwin M.Stanton appointed a commission to examine the efficiency of the Defenses of Washington. The commision evaluated each of the forts and made recommendations for improvements. Toward the end of the account, one gap was noted in defensive arrangement:
The suggestion of the committee was accepted and the work on Fort Foote began at Rozier's Bluff in 1863. more...
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As early as the 1820s, free African Americans settled in a community called Vinegar Hill, an area now known as Brightwood. During the Civil War, Fort Stevens was built within Vinegar Hill boundaries and repulsed the only Confederate attack on the District of Columbia.