Today nineteen fort sites are administered by the National Park Service located on approximately 130 acres. There are 8 fort sites east of the Anacostia River in the District administered by National Capital Parks-East.
Each fortification was a link in this chain of forts surrounding the capital city during the Civil War. The forts below protected the capitol from southern sympathizing Marylanders. Click the highlighted fort name to learn more about its story and the role it played in defending the District of Columbia.
Did You Know?
Battleground National Cemetery is aptly named. The cemetery grounds were part of the battlefield when Confederate troops under the command of Gen. Jubal Early attacked Washington, D.C. on July 11 – 12, 1864