Inscription. Immediately to the northwest stood Fort Albany, a bastioned earthwork built in May 1861 to command the approach to the Long Bridge by way of the Columbia Turnpike. It had a perimeter of 429 yards and emplacements for 12 guns. Even after Forts Richardson and Craig were built, 1300 yards to the west and north respectively, the heavy guns of Fort Albany served to support them, and to dominate them if they were captured. The ground on which the Fort stood was cut away during the construction of the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway in 1942.
February 9, 2008
|1. Fort Albany Marker|
Erected by Arlington County, Virginia.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 51.904′ N, 77° 3.948′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from South Arlington Ridge Road. Click for map. Marker is located in Prospect Hill Park at junction of South Arlington Ridge Road and South Nash Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1025 South Arlington Ridge Road, Arlington VA 22202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prospect Hill (a few steps from this marker); Site of Arlington Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Freedmanís Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Freedman's Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Indian Warriors and Their Brothers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Edwin Peary (approx. 0.4 miles away); Matthew Alexander Henson (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. Coast Guard Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
February 9, 2008
|2. Fort Albany Marker|
|View to the northwest.|
1. Fort Albany 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:
Constructed by New York troops starting in May 1861, it provided support to Forts Richardson, Craig, and Tillinghast, in addition to covering approaches to the Long Bridge. The perimeter of 429 yards allowed for 12 guns. Armament included four 24-pdr siege guns, two 24-pdr field howitzers, and two 30-pdr Parrotts. Four gun platforms were left empty. The enclosure contained magazines and bombproof barracks.
Units stationed at Fort Albany included the 7th, 12th and 25th New York State Militia (all during construction), 16th Maine Infantry, 56th Pennsylvania Infantry, 138th and 145th Ohio Infantry, 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery,6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, and 13th New Hampshire Infantry.
— Submitted February 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.