Fort Bunker Hill

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Fort Bunker Hill

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Washington, DC
Civil War Fort
National Park

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Picnic Table, Scenic View/Photo Spot

Fort Bunker Hill was built in the fall of 1861 by the 11th Massachusetts Infantry, and was named after the Revolutionary fortification at Bunker Hill, Massachusetts.

It occupied an important position along the Northern Defenses in Northeast Washington D.C. The fort was flanked by Forts Totten and Slemmer to the west and Forts Saratoga, Thayer, and Lincoln to the east. Thirteen guns and mortars were mounted in the fort. Unfortunately, little evidence of Fort Bunker Hill is still visible today.

Civil War Defenses of Washington , Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park

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An overview of the Civil War Defenses of Washington, the roles of Fort Stevens and other forts in the Civil War, and how park visitors can experience these places today.

Last updated: April 5, 2024