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    Civil War Defenses of Washington

    District of Columbia


Contraband Descendants Community Project

"Contrabands" at Camp Brightwood

Library of Congress

African American Civil War Descendants Study
Can you trace your family to the Civil War period in Washington, DC? The National Park Service, in partnership with American University, is undertaking a project to document the local history of African American communities associated with eight Civil War Defense sites in DC.

Did You Know?

Denis Hart Mahan

The design for the Defenses of Washington was based on a textbook published in 1836 called A TREATISE ON FIELD FORTIFICATIONS, by Dennis Hart Mahan. Mahan was a professor of civil and military engineering at West Point.