Near Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
15-inch Rodman Smoothbore
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Monumental in size, these two immense guns stood as sentinels ready to repel an attack on the nation's capital. With their extended range and commanding location above the river, they were the key defensive feature of the fort. Because of their formidable weight, the guns have remained on this site since their installation in 1864. They were re-mounted on new carriages in the 1980s.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 46.076′ N, 77° 1.759′ W. Marker is near Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fort Foote Road and Jessica Drive, on the right when traveling south. Located inside the Fort Foote Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8915 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northwest Bastion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Defenses of Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); King's Depression Carriage (within Fort Foote (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Foote (about 700 feet away); A Fine Improvable Marsh (approx. 0.9 miles away in Virginia); Anatomy of a Tidal Marsh (approx. 1.1 miles away in Virginia); A Place to Rest—or Nest (approx. 1.2 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Washington.
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “15-inch Rodman Smoothbore" (Submitted on April 15, 2019.)
2. Fort Foote. National Park Service (Submitted on April 15, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 5, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on April 15, 2019. 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 15, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6, 7. submitted on April 5, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.