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Fort Ethan Allen

 
 
Fort Ethan Allen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 24, 2007
1. Fort Ethan Allen Marker
Inscription.
Historical Site
Defenses of Washington
1861-1865
Fort Ethan Allen

This embankment was the south face of Fort Ethan Allen, a bastioned earthwork built in September 1861 to command all the approaches to Chain Bridge south of Pimmit Run. The fort had a perimeter of 736 yards with emplacements for 39 guns. The embankments which still remain were the south face less the west bastion; an interior bombproof shelter for protection against artillery fire from Hall’s Hill; The magazine and guard house near the north face; and part of the east face.
 
Erected 1965 by Arlington County, Virginia. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.424′ N, 77° 7.494′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Glebe Road and North Stafford Street, on the right when traveling north on Old Glebe Road. Touch for map. Located at the exit of the parking lot for Madison Community Center, at the south edge of Fort Ethan Allen Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3829 North Stafford Street, Arlington VA 22207, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Close Up View of Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 24, 2007
2. Close Up View of Map
Notice arrow pointing to "7" the location of Fort Ethan Allen.
are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Ethan Allen (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clay and Randolph Duel (approx. ¼ mile away); Walker Chapel (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mouth of Pimmit Run (approx. half a mile away); Pimmit Run and Chain Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Chain Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Marcy, Virginia (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Marcy (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
More about this marker. A relief map on the marker plots the location of major elements of the Defenses of Washington.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Ethan Allen Park Improvements. Some of the park was recently worked by the county to improve access. A link on the site illustrates some of the artifacts recovered by archaeological team who excavated around the fort. (Submitted on September 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Units Stationed at Fort Ethan Allen
Units stationed at the fort at different times include the 4th, 138th, and 169th New York Infantry; 4th New York Heavy Artillery; 69th, 71st, 72nd, 100th, 106th, and 127th Pennsylvania Infantry; and 169th Ohio Infantry.

Source:
Earthworks Stand behind the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 24, 2007
3. Earthworks Stand behind the Marker
"Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington," by Benjamin Franklin Cooling III and Walton H. Owen II

Of note, the 71st Pennsylvania was also known as the 1st California for a period of time and is detailed on a marker at Balls Bluff Battlefield, Leesburg, VA upstream on the Potomac.
    — Submitted September 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Line of Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 24, 2007
4. Line of Earthworks
Traces of the old earthworks run perpendicular to Old Glebe Road in the park.
North side rifle trench image. Click for full size.
By Michael L Price, August 5, 2012
5. North side rifle trench
South Face cannon defensive position image. Click for full size.
By Michael L Price, August 5, 2012
6. South Face cannon defensive position
Fort Ethan Allen Park 4311 Old Glebe Road image. Click for full size.
By Michael L Price, August 5, 2012
7. Fort Ethan Allen Park 4311 Old Glebe Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,572 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7. submitted on August 6, 2012, by Michael L Price of Charles County, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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