In Defense of the Nations Capital
On forested hills surrounding the nation's capital are the remnants of a complex system of Civil War fortifications. Built by Union forces, these strategic buttresses transformed the young capital into one of the world's most fortified cities.Read More
Forts of Washington
Although many of the fortifications have crumbled away, their intriguing and compelling stories are very much a part of our national history.Read More
Urban Planning for Recreation
The McMillan Plan of 1902 recognized the recreational potential in the pattern of open spaces of the circle of Civil War defenses...Read More
Natural Resource Protection
The National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington sites preserve significant natural features...Read More
Did You Know?
The Civil War Defenses of Washington exist because of geology and topography. The strategic high ground where the fortifications are located stretches between two considerably different geologic terrains: the Piedmont Plateau to the north and west and the Atlantic Coastal Plain to the east.