Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens
Erected 1920 by The Associated Survivors Sixth Army Corps, Washington, D.C.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 57.87′ N, 77° 1.746′ W. Marker is in Northwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 13th Street, N.W. near Fort Stevens Drive, N.W. Click for map. It is located within the reconstructed Fort Stevens just to the north of the flag pole. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scale Model of Fort Stevens (a few steps from this marker); Fort Stevens (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Stevens (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Get Down You Fool” (about 300 feet away); Aunt Betty's Story (about 400 feet away); The Rock on Brightwood Avenue Park and Shop! (about 600 feet away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Northwest.
Regarding Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens. Fort Stevens was one of the ring of forts that defended Washington during the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln came out from the city to Fort Stevens to watch the VI Army Corps repulse the Confederates, who were under the command of Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early. This fight was the closest Confederates got to Washington during the War Between the States. Lincoln himself came under fire from Confederate sharpshooters. The bas-relief on this marker depicts this close call.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Stevens. Page from Mr. Lincoln’s White House website.
2. Self Guided Tours of Fort Stevens. The National Park Service offers these podcasts to aid tours of Fort Stevens and related sites.
1. Sharpshooters firing on Lincoln
On the grounds of Walter Reed Army Medical Center is a plaque which claims to be the site of a “Sharpshooter’s Tree.” Legend has it a very tall tulip tree afforded several Confederates cover from which to fire upon the Fort Stevens works, in particular President Lincoln, who insisted on observing the fighting over the protests of the officers present.
2. General Jubal Early’s Comments
The Confederate commander, General Jubal Early, recognized Fort Stevens was too strong for his forces to break and retreated the next day. To his staff, he remarked, “We didn’t take Washington, but we scared Abe Lincoln like hell.”
3. The Young Oliver Wendell Holmes and President Lincoln
One of the vignettes often told concerning Fort Stevens centers upon Lincoln's visit while the
4. Dedication of Lincoln Under Fire Boulder
The boulder marking the spot where Lincoln stood (not the plaque which came later) was dedicated on November 7, 1911. At that dedication ceremony, Louisiana congressman Floyd King, who had been an artillerist serving with General Early, spoke. He went to lengths to praise the work
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