Standing before you is Fort Lincoln, the main Union fortification on the peninsula. As a key defense stronghold, Fort Lincoln, also known as Fort #2, was cleverly designed to resist attack.
To defend against artillery fire or direct infantry assaults, the Fort had 60-yard square earthen walls. Loose dirt on the outside slowed attackers, while hardened interiors resisted cannon fire. At the rear, an L-shaped passage protected the gates from cannon fire or a battering ram. A dry moat further delayed the enemy.
Built near the end of the Civil War, Fort Lincoln saw no action.
Visiting the Fort
Today, the earthen walls are the only original vestiges of Fort Lincoln. The other structures are reconstructions, based on archival drawings. Inside you can visit the officers quarters, barracks, guardhouse and storage areas. The Friends of Point Lookout are key partners in preserving this historic site.
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Plan of Fort Lincoln (Based on original Engineers drawing and showing present shore line)
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Officers of 5th Regiment, who were stationed at Fort Lincoln.
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Cabins at Fort Lincoln