Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Oldest Post of the Corps
Tour of Duty
—Barracks Row Heritage Trail —
When the U.S. government moved from Philadelphia to Washington City in 1800, the Marine Corps came as well to protect all federal buildings. At first the Marines camped in Georgetown and on E Street, NW. In March 1801, President Thomas Jefferson, accompanied by Marine Lieutenant Colonel William Ward Burroughs, selected this site for the Marine Barracks. It was near the Navy Yard and within easy marching distance to the Capitol and the President's House in case of trouble.
During the War of 1812, the Marine Barracks was one of the few public structures not destroyed by the British invaders. One local legend explains that British General Ross, after witnessing the Marines at the Battle of Bladensburg, ordered it spared "as a gesture of soldierly respect."
The Marines defended Washington in the War of 1812 and have fought on land and sea in every U.S. conflict since.
Erected 2004 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 5.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Barracks Row Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 52.88′ N, 76° 59.635′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of G Street Southeast and 9th Street Southeast, on the right when traveling west on G Street Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 822 G Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Neighborhood For Everyone (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Healing the Wounded (about 500 feet away); Commerce and Community (about 500 feet away); The Old Naval Hospital (about 600 feet away); Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (about 700 feet away); Strike Up the Band (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Philip Sousa (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christ Church and Its Parishioners (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
More about this marker. Several photos are arranged around the text. From top to bottom those are captioned:
In 1857 Marines defended Washingtonians against election day rioters at the Northern Liberty Market in Mount Vernon Square, sit of today's City Museum on K Street, NW.
Marine officers with the Commandant's Quarters in the background, 1896.
In 1814 British soldiers burned much of official Washington, but the Marine Barracks was spared.
A Marine Barracks squad room on the eve of World War I.
Also see . . . Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (Submitted on August 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. "Eighth and Eye"
Categories. • Military • Notable Buildings • Notable Places • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,044 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1. submitted on August 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4. submitted on August 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 5. submitted on October 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 6, 7. submitted on August 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.