Today nineteen fort sites are administered by the National Park Service located on approximately 130 acres. Each fortification was a link in this chain of forts surrounding the capital city during the Civil War. Click the hightlighted fort name to learn more about its story and the role it played in defending the District of Columbia.
Click here for an historic map of the Civil War Defenses of Washington with fortifications owned by the National Park Service highlighted.
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.