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    Fort Dupont Park

    District of Columbia

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  • The Trails and Ridge Picnic Area Closed on September 13,2014

    The Trails and Ridge Picnic Area at Fort Dupont will be closed on September 13,2014 from 9:00 AM till 1:00PM


1865 map of cwdw

1865 Historic Map of the Civil War Defenses of Washington

National Park Service

Fort Greble
Battery Carroll
Fort Stanton
Fort Ricketts
Fort Davis
Fort Dupont
Fort Chaplin
Fort Mahan

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?


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.