Washington D.C. at War: The Battle of Fort Stevens 11 July 1864

Civil War Defenses of Washington


The Civil War Defenses of Washington (CWDW) commemorates the 156th Battle of Stevens with a special real-time program detailing the action on July 11, 1864.

The Confederate Army of the Valley District advanced on Washington D.C. on the early afternoon of 11 July. The capital defenses roar into action. Along the Northern Defenses, Federal forces opened a heavy artillery barrage against rebel infantry and cavalry. The action stretched from Fort Bayard and Fort Reno in northwest Washington east toward Rock Creek and Forts DeRussy, Stevens, Slocum, and Totten.

By 2:30 p.m., the rebel army was within 110 yards of Fort Stevens.

What happened next? Watch the video to find out!



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