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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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The Civil War Defenses were generally named after well known Union officers (many deceased during the war). This was not always the case. Fort Williams was first named Fort Traitor because the owner, Samuel Cooper(left), pledged an oath to the Union only to become a Confederate later on in the war.