“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fort C.F. Smith

Fort C.F. Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
February 2, 2008
1. Fort C.F. Smith Marker
Historical Site
Defenses of Washington
Fort C.F. Smith

Just to the north are the remains of Fort C.F. Smith. A lunette built early in 1863 to command the high ground north of Spout Run and protect the flank of the Arlington Line. It had a perimeter of 368 yards and emplacements for 22 guns.
Erected 1965 by Arlington County, Virginia. (Marker Number 8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 54.05′ N, 77° 5.449′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on 24th Street North, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is adjacent to the walk-in entrance to Fort C.F. Smith Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2411 24th Street North, Arlington VA 22207, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort C.F. Smith (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort C.F. Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort C.F. Smith (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct
Fort C.F. Smith image. Click for full size.
February 2, 2008
2. Fort C.F. Smith
Marker is at the southern edge of the Bombproof.
line); Maywood (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Strong (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Dawson-Bailey House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Bennett (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Arlington Line (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a map of the Washington Defenses, with a red (weathered) arrow pointing out the location of Fort C.F. Smith.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fort C.F. Smith by Markers.
Additional comments.
1. Fort C.F. Smith Particulars
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 C.F. Smith included one 8-inch seacoast howitzer, four 24-pdr siege guns, three 12-pdr field howitzers, six 4.5in Ordnance siege rifles, two 6-pdr field guns, and three 8-inch siege mortars. Six gun platforms were left vacant. The perimeter totaled 368 yards.

Units stationed at the fort
North Powder Magazine image. Click for full size.
February 2, 2008
3. North Powder Magazine
On northwest edge of Fort C.F. Smith.
included the 2nd New York Heavy Artillery, 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, and the 164th Ohio Infantry.
    — Submitted February 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
Gun in Fort C. F. Smith image. Click for full size.
4. Gun in Fort C. F. Smith
"Gun crew of Company K, 2d New York Artillery, in Fort C. F. Smith."
(Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0764)
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 1,066 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on .   4. submitted on . • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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