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Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Functioning as the Nation's First Proving Ground

Firepower

 

—Behind These Walls —

 
Functioning as the Nation's First Proving Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, November 17, 2018
1. Functioning as the Nation's First Proving Ground Marker
Inscription.  During the Civil War, the Navy established its first "Experimental Battery" here, testing cannons by firing down the Anacostia River. Ballistic test pits also were created here to determine how best to defeat Confederate ironclads. The Navy's experimental test battery was relocated in 1872 first to Annapolis, Maryland, and later to Indian Head, Maryland.
 
Erected by Naval History and Heritage Command.
 
Location. 38° 52.584′ N, 76° 59.564′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on M Street Southeast west of 10th Street Southeast, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1014 N Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Functioning as the Navy's First Research and Development Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Serving as a Temporary Federal Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Providing Neighborhood Enrichment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Receiving Honored Servicemembers and Dignitaries
Functioning as the Nation's First Proving Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, November 17, 2018
2. Functioning as the Nation's First Proving Ground Marker
(about 400 feet away); Second Officer's House (about 500 feet away); Latrobe Gate - Tingey House (about 600 feet away); The Washington Navy Yard (about 600 feet away); Leutze Park Gun Collection (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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