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"Within Sight of the Capital": The Battle of Fort Stevens 12 July 1864

Civil War Defenses of Washington

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The Civil War Defenses of Washington (CWDW) commemorates the 156th Battle of Fort Stevens with a special program at Battleground National Cemetery. With the rebel army less than a 1,000 yards from the capital, the Union Army launched a frontal assault on the evening of 12 July 1864. Two bridges of Federal infantry from the Sixth Army Corps stepped off at 5:00 p.m., attacking Confederate forces a half mile north of Fort Stevens. The engagement escalated into a heavy fire-fight as the rebels reinforced their front line to secure their retreat north into Maryland. Federal commanders responded by pouring more troops into the fray. The Battle of Fort Stevens secured the capital. Washington D.C. was redeemed. Learn more about the second's day battle on Sunday, July 12, 2020. #FindYourFort #156BattleOfFortStevens