Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Defenses of Washington
No visible evidence remains of Fort Slocum, which stood here and across Kansas Avenue to your left.
Cannon mounted at Fort Totten helped repulse a Confederate attack on Fort Stevens, July 11-12, 1864.
Erected by National Parks Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 57.587′ N, 77° 0.768′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Nicholson Street, on the right when traveling south on Kansas Avenue. Click for map. Located in the Fort Slocum Park unit of the Rock Creek Park. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 3 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hold the Mayo! (approx. 0.8 miles away); Crossroads Create Community (approx. 0.8 miles away); Build It And They Will Come (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mayor Emery and the Union Army (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood Fort Totten (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Rock on Brightwood Avenue (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brightwood.
More about this marker. The marker displays a diagram of "Fort Slocum from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drawing," on the left. On the right is a map showing "Other Civil War fort locations administered by Rock Creek Park," with Fort Slocum indicated with a red dot. The lower portion of the marker is a photograph from the war of a cannon mounted at one of Washington, DC's forts, "During the Civil War, Washington's forts overlooked farm land." The photograph is of a 100-pdr Parrott Rifled Cannon in place at the nearby Fort Totten during the war.
Also see . . . Col. John S. Slocum. (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. Description of Fort Slocum
From "Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington," by Benjamin Franklin Cooling III and Walton H. Owen II:
Fort Slocum was named for Colonel John S. Slocum, killed at First Manassas, from the 2nd Rhode
Had they been completed, batteries on the east and west of Fort Slocum would have added ten more cannons to the overall firepower. While the earthworks were constructed, no cannon appear to have been mounted. Much of the fort and it's outer works were damaged during World War II when Victory Gardens were planted in and around the area.
During the Civil War, elements of the 76th New York Infantry, 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, 150th Ohio National Guard, 14th Michigan Battery, and Knapp's Pennsylvania Artillery garrisoned the fort at different times.
When the Confederates demonstrated against Fort Stevens, to the west, Fort Slocum had the honor of opening the engagement by firing its long range guns. During the battle, some 1,500 employees of the Army Quartermaster office, led by General Montgomery Meigs, assisted the fort's garrison. In addition some 2,800 convalescents, commanded by Colonel Francis Price, from nearby hospitals also augmented the fort's defenders.
— Submitted October 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,441 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.