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

Counterscarp Battery

 
 
Counterscarp Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
1. Counterscarp Battery Marker
Inscription. Along the outer wall of the ditch you see the counterscarp battery, named for its location on the "counterscarp," or outer wall, of the dry ditch.

This structure sheltered troops who could direct musketry toward the river or into the ditch itself.

The reverse fire tactic enhanced the protection of this area of the wall.
 
Location. 38° 42.635′ N, 77° 2.132′ W. Marker is in Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fort Washington Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in Fort Washington Park, overlooking the counterscarp battery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cisterns (a few steps from this marker); Minefields (within shouting distance of this marker); Shot and Shell (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Caponiere (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Guns for an Old Fort (about 400 feet away); The Northwest Demi-Bastion
View of the Battery from the Marker Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
2. View of the Battery from the Marker Location
This view is very similar to that illustrated on the marker. Despite the overgrowth, the masonry works still stand. Note the firing slits, seen as very narrow "windows" in the brick, providing a field of fire against any enemy who has compromised the outer works.
(about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Water Battery (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Washington.
 
More about this marker. On the left is an illustration of an infantry soldier in a pre-Civil War uniform. The illustration on the right shows the garrison soldiers maintaining the grounds inside the counterscarp battery. An overhead plan of the fort indicates the location of the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Washington. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitary
 
Outer Works in Front of the Fort image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
3. Outer Works in Front of the Fort
This view looks at the opposite wall, toward the river side or front of the fort. The counterscarp is completely hidden under the fort wall from this view, illustrating the blind spot of the fort, which the outer works protected.
Counterscarp Battery image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2013
4. Counterscarp Battery
Close-up of image on marker
Infantryman image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2013
5. Infantryman
Close-up of image on marker
Counterscarp Battery image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2013
6. Counterscarp Battery
Inside the Counterscarp Battery image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
7. Inside the Counterscarp Battery
Loop Hole in The Counterscarp Battery image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
8. Loop Hole in The Counterscarp Battery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 866 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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