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?
Built in 1861, Fort Stevens originally was named Fort Massachusetts. The fort was renamed Fort Stevens in 1863 after Isaac Ingalls Stevens. Stevens was the governor of the Washington Territory.