Fort Slocum was built by the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. The fort had 25 guns and mortars and commanded the intersection of the left and right forks of Rock Creek Church Road (near today's New Hampshire Avenue and McDonald Place). The fort also provided support for Fort Stevens to the west.
Do you live near Fort Slocum? Learn about the African American Civil War Descendants Study that the National Park Service is conducting in association with American University.
Did You Know?
Fort Reno was the largest of the Defenses of Washington fortifications and supported a dozen heavy guns and a contingent of 3,000 men.