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Near Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Northwest Bastion

 
 
Northwest Bastion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
1. Northwest Bastion Marker
Inscription. Protecting the fort against land attack
Armed with smaller field and siege guns, the landward bastions could deliver a sustained cannonade of 12- and 30-pounder shells. The long central traverse provided protection and contained magazines and bombproofs.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
 
Location. 38° 46.08′ N, 77° 1.732′ W. Marker is near Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fort Foote Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located inside the Fort Foote National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 15-inch Rodman Smoothbore (within shouting distance of this marker); King's Depression Carriage (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Foote (within shouting distance of this marker); The Defenses of Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Foote (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wasteland or Wetland?
Close Up of the Section Diagrams image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
2. Close Up of the Section Diagrams
(approx. 1.4 miles away in Virginia); Colonial Fort (approx. 1.5 miles away in Virginia); Historic Jones Point (approx. 1.5 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Washington.
 
More about this marker. The upper portion of the marker contains a depiction of the guns of the bastion brought into action. The lower portion of the marker contains a Section profile drawing of the Northwest Bastion and a overhead Interior plan of magazine and bombproof rooms located in the central traverse. The drawings are keyed with annotations for (1) Abatis, (2) Parapet, (3) Ditch, (4) Magazine, (5) Bombproof, (6) Glacis, (7) Gallery, and (8) Central Traverse.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Foote. National Park Service site providing a short history of the fort. (Submitted on May 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Fort Foote Virtual Tour by Markers. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Northwest Bastion Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
3. Northwest Bastion Wayside
Concrete Structures image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
4. Concrete Structures
The magazines were rebuilt with brick and concrete in the 1870s. Notice this is not reinforced concrete. Concrete with "Rebar" was not used in American fortifications until the early 20th century.
Portion of the Bombproof and Magazine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
5. Portion of the Bombproof and Magazine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,303 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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