Manor Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Defenses of Washington
No visible evidence remains of Fort Slocum, which stood here and across Kansas Avenue to your left.
Cannon mounted at Fort Totten helped repulse a Confederate attack on Fort Stevens, July 11-12, 1864.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 57.587′ N, 77° 0.768′ W. Marker is in Manor Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Kansas Avenue Northwest and Nicholson Street NW, on the right when traveling south on Kansas Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Located in the Fort Slocum Park unit of the Rock Creek Park. 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. Legacy Memorial Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Defenses of Washington (approx. 0.3 miles away); WOOK-TV Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Marlon Francisco Morales (approx. 0.6 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 3 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Opha May Jacob Johnson Monument In Memory of Those Who Lost Their Lives on June 22, 2009 (approx. ¾ mile away); Hold the Mayo! (was approx. 0.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ).
More about this marker. The marker displays a diagram of "Fort Slocum from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drawing," on the left. On the right is a map showing "Other Civil War fort locations administered by Rock Creek Park," with Fort Slocum indicated with a red dot. The lower portion of the marker is a photograph from the war of a cannon mounted at one of Washington, DC's forts, "During the Civil War, Washington's forts overlooked farm land." The photograph is of a 100-pdr Parrott Rifled Cannon in place at the nearby Fort Totten during the war.
Also see . . . Col. John S. Slocum. (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. Description of Fort Slocum
From "Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington," by Benjamin Franklin Cooling III and Walton H. Owen II:
Fort Slocum was named for Colonel John S. Slocum, killed at First Manassas, from the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, the unit that built the fort.
Had they been completed, batteries on the east and west of Fort Slocum would have added ten more cannons to the overall firepower. While the earthworks were constructed, no cannon appear to have been mounted. Much of the fort and it's outer works were damaged during World War II when Victory Gardens were planted in and around the area.
During the Civil War, elements of the 76th New York Infantry, 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, 150th Ohio National Guard, 14th Michigan Battery, and Knapp's Pennsylvania Artillery garrisoned the fort at different times.
When the Confederates demonstrated against Fort Stevens, to the west, Fort Slocum had the honor of opening the engagement by firing its long range guns. During the battle, some 1,500 employees of the Army Quartermaster office, led by General Montgomery Meigs, assisted the fort's garrison. In addition some 2,800 convalescents, commanded by Colonel Francis Price, from nearby hospitals also augmented the fort's defenders.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,655 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on November 19, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on March 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.