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Fort Stevens


  • Address: 13th St NW
  • Vicinity: Quackenbos NW
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1861/09/00 Union troops take possession of Elizabeth Proctor Thomas' land beside the 7th St Turnpike ultimately destroyed her home, barn, orchard and garden to build Fort Massachusetts, later renamed Fort Stevens.
1864/07/11 John C Breckinridge Confederate Commander Jubal Early's 4,000 cavalry and artillerymen harass the Federal line for miles in either direction. 10,000 infantrymen and 40 cannon, and his skirmishers forced the Federal pickets back into the fortifications. Battle of Fort Stevens
1864/07/11 Jubal Early Confederate Lt General Jubal Early's 4,000 cavalry and artillerymen harass the Federal line for miles in either direction. 10,000 infantrymen and 40 cannon, and his skirmishers forced the Federal pickets back into the fortifications. Battle of Fort Stevens
1864/07/12 Mary Todd Lincoln Witness President Lincoln, Mary Todd and members of his cabinet visit Fort Stevens. As the President observes the fighting from the parapet, he is fired upon by Rebel sharpshooters, becoming the 2nd sitting president to come under enemy fire. Battle of Fort Stevens
1864/07/12 Abraham Lincoln Commander in Chief President Lincoln, Mary Todd and members of his cabinet visit Fort Stevens. As the President observes the fighting from the parapet, he is fired upon by Rebel sharpshooters, becoming the 2nd sitting president to come under enemy fire. Battle of Fort Stevens
1864/07/12 Horatio G Wright Union General Reinforcements from the VI and XIX Corps led by Horatio Wright arrive to bolster the Union defenses. Battle of Fort Stevens
1864/07/12 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr Union Lt Colonel At least according to Lincoln's secretary John Hay, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Wendell Holmes scolds the President, "Get down, you fool!". Battle of Fort Stevens
1864/07/12 Union's Army of the Potomac advances on Confederate positions, suffering a 10 percent casualty rate. Battle of Fort Stevens
1864/07/13 Confederate soldiers and J Early retreat under cover of darkness to Montgomery County, Maryland, and crossed the Potomac River on July 13 at White's Ferry into Leesburg, Virginia. Battle of Fort Stevens
1911/00/00 Elizabeth Thomas joins veterans of the Battle of Fort Stevens for the dedication of a monument to President Lincoln located on the site where he observed the 1864 conflict.
1916/00/00 For many years, Elizabeth Thomas fought for compensation for the damage and loss of her property incurred during the war. She was eventually awarded $1,835 in 1916, a year before she died.

Data »

Particulars for Fort Stevens:
Owner Federal
Structure Type Fortification
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance State



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 78003439
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Nominator Name: National Parkway
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Military
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1861, 1865
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Fortification
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Park

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