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Fort Totten in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Totten

Rock Creek Park

 
 
Fort Totten Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 6, 2016
1. Fort Totten Marker
Inscription. Built in 1861 and named after Brigadier General Joseph Gilbert Totten, Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Totten commanded the northeastern countryside of Washington, DC during the Civil War. Heavily armed with massive cannon that could hurl 100-pound projectiles several miles, Fort Totten halted the eastward advance of Confederate invaders inside Washington, DC during the Battle of Fort Stevens in July, 1864.
 
Erected by National Part Service.
 
Location. 38° 56.923′ N, 77° 0.331′ W. Marker is in Fort Totten, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Fort Totten Drive Northeast. Click for map. 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. A different marker also named Fort Totten (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Totten (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul's Episcopal (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memorial Day Order (approx. 0.4 miles away); U. S. Soldiers' Home
Fort Totten Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 6, 2016
2. Fort Totten Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); President Lincolnís Cottage at the Soldiersí Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Totten.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Brigadier General Joseph Gilbert Totten image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Brigadier General Joseph Gilbert Totten
Members of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery inside Fort Totten, 1865 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Members of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery inside Fort Totten, 1865
Fort Totten Today image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 6, 2016
5. Fort Totten Today
By the late 1920s the historic earthworks inside Fort Totten showed significant signs of erosion which threatened the preservation of the fort. To stabilize the fort vegetation was planted. Removal of vegetation from the fort and its grounds is prohibited.
Close-up of photo on marker
Entrance Gate to Fort Totten 1865 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 6, 2016
6. Entrance Gate to Fort Totten 1865
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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