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.

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Civil War

Descendants Community Project

The National Park Service, with American University, is undertaking a project to document local community history related to Civil War forts in D.C.

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Pink Lady Slipper

Natural Resource Protection

The National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington sites preserve significant natural features...

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Map of Washington DC Civil War Defenses

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...

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