Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rock Creek Park
“We havenít taken Washington, but we scared Abe Lincoln like hell! ”
Built between 1861-1863 this structure was originally called Fort Massachusetts and guarded the northern defenses of the nationís capital during the Civil War. On July 11-12, 1864 Fort Stevens defended the city from a Confederate attack under the command of General Jubal Anderson Early. During the battle, President Abraham Lincoln came under direct fire from Confederate sharpshooters while he witnessed the battle from the parapet of the fort. The Battle of Fort Stevens marks the only time in American history that a seated President came under direct fire from an enemy combatant during a time of war.
Fort Stevens was named after General Isaac Ingalls Stevens. General Stevens was killed on September 2, 1862 during the Battle of Chantilly, Virginia.
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In order to construct Fort Stevens, the home of the original property owner, Elizabeth Thomas, was destroyed. Several years after her death in 1917, Ms. Thomasís family was financially compensated by the U.S. Government for the loss of the home and property.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. Click for map. 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. Scale Model of Fort Stevens (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Stevens (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Get Down You Fool” (about 300 feet away); Aunt Betty's Story (about 400 feet away); The Rock on Brightwood Avenue (about 400 feet away); Park and Shop! (about 600 feet away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Brightwood.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains an “Illustration of President Lincoln on the parapet of Fort Stevens.” A photograph of the “3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery at Fort Stevens, 1865” appears on the right side of the maker. The sidebar includes a portrait of Elizabeth Thomas.
Also see . . . Fort Stevens. Mr. Lincolnís White House website. (Submitted on November 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
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