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    Civil War Defenses of Washington

    District of Columbia

Fort Davis


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Photograph of "Grimes" Davis
Library of Congress

Benjamin Franklin Davis, commonly known as "Grimes," was a Mississippian who fought for the Union during the Civil War. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1854 and started his military career by first serving with the 5th United States Infantry and later the 1st United States Dragoons. By July 1861 he was the Captain of Company K, 1st Dragoons. One year later Davis was recruited to serve as Colonel of the 8th New York Cavalry.
Davis was killed in the spring of 1864, during a cavalry expedition known as "Stoneman's Raid" at the Battle of Brandy Station in Beverly Ford, Virginia. The fort was named in houour of Colonel Benjamin F. Davis. Its armament consisted of eleven guns and one mortar.


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Do you live near Fort Davis? Learn about the African American Civil War Descendants Study that the National Park Service is conducting in association with American University.

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