Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rock Creek Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"We haven't taken Washington, but we scared Abe Lincoln like hell!"
General Jubal Anderson Early
Built between 1861-1863 this structure was originally called Fort Massachusetts and guarded the northern defenses of the nation's capital during the Civil War. On July 11-12, 1864 Fort Stevens defended the city from a Confederate attack under the command of General Jubal Anderson Early. During the battle, President Abraham Lincoln came under direct fire from Confederate sharpshooters while he witnessed the battle from the parapet of the fort. The Battle of Fort Stevens marks the only time in American history that a seated President came under direct fire from an enemy combatant during a time of war.
Fort Stevens was named after General Isaac Ingalls Stevens. General Stevens was killed on September 2, 1862 during the Battle of Chantilly, Virginia.
In order to construct Fort Stevens, the home of the original property owner, Elizabeth Thomas was destroyed.
Erected by National Park Service,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Forts and Castles • War, US Civil • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is July 11, 1864.
Location. 38° 57.866′ N, 77° 1.736′ W. Marker is in Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Quakenbos Street Northwest just east of 13th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6001 13th St NW, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scale Model of Fort Stevens (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens (a few steps from this marker); “Get Down You Fool” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Stevens (about 300 feet away); Aunt Betty's Story (about 400 feet away); The Rock on Brightwood Avenue (about 400 feet away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood (about 700 feet away); Build It And They Will Come (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.