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?
The Potomac River is often used by the bald eagle as a flyway.It is not unusual for them to be seen along the areas of Forts Carroll, Foote, and Marcy. Bald eagles also have successfully nested in Fort Circle Park areas in the southeast section of the city.