The Defenses of Washington

The Defenses of Washington (HM4QC)

Location: Fort Washington, MD 20744 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 46.103', W 77° 1.774'

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At the start of the Civil War, Washington was protected by only one fort, Fort Washington guarding the Potomac River approach. The capital city was uncomfortably close to Confederate forces operating in Northern Virginia.

by 1864, a system of earthen fortifications had been completed. The forts were well garrisoned and armed with large numbers of guns of diverse sizes and calibers.

The war ended in the spring of 1865, and a year later all but a few forts were abandoned and their brief service ended.
HM NumberHM4QC
Series This marker is part of the Defenses of Washington series
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 7:29pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323676 N 4293030
Decimal Degrees38.76838333, -77.02956667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.103', W 77° 1.774'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 6.18" N, 77° 1' 46.44" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8901 Fort Foote Rd, Fort Washington MD 20744, US
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