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Guarding the Potomac

Battery Rodgers 1863-1865

 
 
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By Richard E. Miller, October 15, 2013
1. Guarding the Potomac Marker
Inscription.
The area around Jones Point, which lies just south of the nationís capital, was an obvious location for early defensive fortifications. During the Civil War (1861-1865), Battery Rodgers was built overlooking the cove to guard the river approach to Washington. The battery also commanded the southern approaches to Alexandria by covering the Accotink Road (modern Fort Hunt Road). Though no visible remains of Battery Rodgers exist today, the complex once included the fortification, barracks, hospital and a slaughterhouse built especially to feed troops in Alexandria.

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(Battery Rodgers) was arranged to throw its principal fire at any vessel attempting to pass up the river at a range of 600 yards... —General J.G. Barnard

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(background) Battery Rodgers was powerfully equipped with five 200-pound Parrott rifles and one 15-inch Rodman gun, but no shots—or men—were ever fired on enemy ships by its guns.

This view of the battery shows the 15-inch Rodman gun and the powder magazines overlooking Battery Cove. In 1911, the cove was filled in by the Army Corps of Engineers, creating 46.5 acres of new land, including the spot on which youíre standing. The battery is thought to have been just up the hill to the right.

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By Richard E. Miller, October 15, 2013
2. Guarding the Potomac Marker
The marker in place on the wooded Mount Vernon hiker/biker trail (actually an eastward extension of Jefferson Street).
posing with—and in—the Rodman gun, circa 1863-1865 Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration
 
Erected 2012 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 47.77′ N, 77° 2.53′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Jefferson Street and South Lee Street when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located along the Mount Vernon Trail in Jones Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Rodgers (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Civil War and Battery Rodgers (about 600 feet away); The Alexandria Ford Plant (about 700 feet away); The Fitting-Out Dock (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War I-Era Rudder (approx. ľ mile away); Jones Point (approx. ľ mile away); The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point (approx. ľ mile away); Prehistory to Colonial Settlement (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
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By Richard E. Miller, October 14, 2013
3. Guarding the Potomac Marker
View eastward from the Mount Vernon Trail toward the Potomac River, near the entrance to Ford's Landing City Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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