Featured Fort of the Month

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. This month, we will feature Fort Stanton, a massive earthwork which protected the Washington DC along the Anacostia River. Read More

Cannon Shot at Fort Stevens


Today nineteen fort sites are administered by the National Park Service located on approximately 130 acres.

Civil War reenactors pose for group photo at Fort Stevens.

Anniversary of the Battle

Join the annual commemoration of the Battle of Fort Stevens and enjoy living history, music, lectures, and more!

Ages 5+. July 11-August 30 (Tues-Thurs)

Fort Dupont Summer Camps

Join the CWDW at Fort Dupont for Summer Camp. Activities include nature hikes, living history demonstrations, and arts/crafts.

Park Ranger giving a tour to visitors at the African American Civil War Memorial, September 2018.

History at Sunset

Learn more about the Civil War Washington with the National Park Service as the sun sets in the nation's capital.

Last updated: February 16, 2019

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Civil War Defenses of Washington
3545 Williamsburg Lane N.W.

Washington, DC 200008



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