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Near Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Defenses of Washington

 
 
Defenses of Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, February 3, 2007
1. Defenses of Washington Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, the U.S. Army constructed a series of forts and artillery batteries around Washington to protect it from Confederate attack. Forts O’Rourke, Weed, Farnsworth, and Lyon stood just to the north, and Fort Willard which still exists, to the east. These fortifications constituted the extreme southern defense line of the city. By the war’s end, a line of 163 forts and batteries extended about 37 miles around Washington, but today only a handful survive. A century later, during the Cold War, a ring of Nike missile sites similarly encircled the capital to protect it.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-81.)
 
Location. 38° 46.879′ N, 77° 4.69′ W. Marker is near Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Richmond Highway (Virginia Route 1) and Kings Highway (Virginia Route 633), on the right when traveling north on Richmond Highway. Click for map. Marker is on the right side of a frontage road paralleling Route 1 when heading north. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22306, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Willard (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also
Wider view of the Defenses of Washington Marker and intersection image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, February 3, 2007
2. Wider view of the Defenses of Washington Marker and intersection
named Fort Willard (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Defenses of Washington (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Lyon (approx. 0.8 miles away); Beacon Field Airport (approx. 0.8 miles away); These Trees (approx. 1.3 miles away); Huntley (approx. 1.4 miles away); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaces a marker with the same name and title which was erected nearby in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Its inscription read, “Just to the north lie Forts O’Rorke, Weed, Farnsworth, and Lyon. To the east is Fort Willard. These fortifications constituted the extreme southern defense line of the city of Washington.”
 
Also see . . .
1. The Civil War Defenses of Washington, D.C. (Submitted on September 6, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
2. Defenses Around Washington. (Submitted on September 6, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
 
Categories. War, ColdWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,421 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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