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Fort Davis in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Davis

Civil War Defenses of Washington

 
 
Fort Davis Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 5, 2011
1. Fort Davis Plaque
Inscription.
The Civil War Defenses of Washington
Fort Davis

One of several earthworks commenced late in 1861 to guard the nationís capital from the ridge east of the Anacostia River. The fort was named in honour of Colonel Benjamin F. Davis of the 8th New York Cavalry, killed at Beverly Ford, Virginia, June 9th, 1863. Its armament consisted of eleven guns and one mortar.

United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service, National Capital Parks

Presented by the
National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
in the District of Columbia
1956
 
Erected 1956 by National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia and the National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington, and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America marker series.
 
Location. 38° 51.989′ N, 76° 57.048′ W. Marker is in Fort Davis, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Alabama Street north of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3812 Alabama Avenue, SE, Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this
Fort Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 5, 2011
2. Fort Davis Marker
note the fort's overgrown earthworks - visible in background.
marker, measured as the crow flies. Original Federal Boundary Stone SE 3 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort DuPont (approx. 0.7 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SE 2 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battery Ricketts (approx. 1.5 miles away); Fort Chaplin (approx. 1.5 miles away); Seafarers Yacht Club (approx. 1.5 miles away); Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Thurgood Marshall (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Benjamin Franklin "Grimes" Davis. (Submitted on March 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. The Civil War Defenses of Washington: Fort Davis. National Park Service (Submitted on March 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Park Service Informational Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 5, 2011
3. Park Service Informational Marker
Reads:
Civil War Defenses of Washington, 1861-1865
Earthworks of Fort Davis are visible behind the wooded area in front of you.

[Illustration Captions:]
[Overhead view of] Fort Davis from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drawing.
[Map of] other Civil War fort locations administered by the National Park Service.
During the Civil War, Washingtonís forts overlooked farm land.
Col. Benjamin F. "Grimes" Davis image. Click for full size.
By Find-A-Grave
4. Col. Benjamin F. "Grimes" Davis
The Civil War Defenses of Washington: Fort Davis Marker Panels image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 5, 2011
5. The Civil War Defenses of Washington: Fort Davis Marker Panels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 807 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017.
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