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. Several years after her death in 1917, Ms. Thomas's family was financially compensated
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 Castles • Government & Politics • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Defenses of Washington, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1786.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 57.866′ N, 77° 1.736′ W. Marker was in Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker was at the intersection of Quackenbos Street Northwest and 13th Street Northwest, on the left when traveling east on Quackenbos Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 6001 13th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Fort Stevens (here, next to 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains an “Illustration of President Lincoln on the parapet of Fort Stevens.” A photograph of the “3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery at Fort Stevens, 1865” appears on the right side of the maker. The sidebar includes a portrait of Elizabeth Thomas.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker which has slightly different text in the sidebar.
Also see . . . Fort Stevens. Mr. Lincoln’s White House website. (Submitted on November 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,263 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 14, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on November 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3. submitted on July 14, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.