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.