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Rock Creek Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort De Russy

Civil War Defenses of Washington

 

— 1861-1865 —

 
Fort De Russy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 26, 2020
1. Fort De Russy Marker
Inscription.  
Earthworks of Fort De Russy are visible; follow path to your right for 200 years.

[drawing of fort]
Fort De Russy from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drawing.

Cannon mounted at Fort De Russy helped repulse a Confederate attack on Fort Stevens, July 11012, 1864.

[map of northern DC]
Other Civil War fort locations administered by Rock Creek Park.

[picture of unnamed fort]
During the Civil War, Washington's forts overlooked farm land.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Defenses of Washington series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 30, 1864.
 
Location. 38° 57.744′ N, 77° 3.159′ W. Marker is in Rock Creek Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Oregon Avenue Northwest north of Military Road Northwest, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on a paved park trail that
Fort De Russy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 26, 2020
2. Fort De Russy Marker
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runs alongside Oregon Avenue, about 250 feet north of Military Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5365 28th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort DeRussy (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort DeRussy (about 600 feet away); A Garden Protecting Rock Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herring Highway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tupelo Tree (approx. 0.4 miles away); Forest Hills at Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Broad Branch Market (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Herring Highway (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Creek Park.
 
Also see . . .  René Edward De Russy. (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Trail to the Fort image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 9, 2009
3. Trail to the Fort
The unpaved trail to the fort departs on the left from the paved Rock Creek path to the right.
Fort De Russy Trenches image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 9, 2009
4. Fort De Russy Trenches
Trenches to the right are on the outside of the fort wall.
Fort Interior image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 9, 2009
5. Fort Interior
The fort walls circle in this photo from bottom left to upper right.
BGen René Edward De Russy. image. Click for full size.
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6. BGen René Edward De Russy.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,964 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on July 14, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   6. submitted on March 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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