Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Defenses of Washington
Here stood Fort Bennett, a small outwork of Fort Corcoran, constructed in May 1861. With a perimeter of 146 yards and emplacements for 5 guns, it was designed to bring under fire the slope northwest of Fort Corcoran, which could not be seen from there.
Erected 1965 by Arlington County, Virginia. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Defenses of Washington series list.
Location. 38° 53.993′ N, 77° 4.685′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on 22nd Street North, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bay-Eva Castle Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dawson-Bailey Spring Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dawson-Bailey House Fort Corcoran (approx. ¼ mile away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rosslyn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Watergate Investigation (approx. 0.4 miles away); ARPANET (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a map of the Washington Defenses, with a red (weathered) arrow pointing out the location of Fort Bennett.
1. Fort Bennett Particulars
From "Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington," by Benjamin Franklin Cooling III and Walton H. Owen II:
As mentioned on the marker the fort had a perimiter of 146 yards and mounted five guns. The armament was two 8-inch howitzers and three 24-pdr guns. The fort was named for Captain Michael P. Bennett, 28th New York Infantry, who presided over the construction of the fort.
Units that garrisoned the fort during the war include the 28th and 97th New York Infantry, 4th New York Heavy Artillery, 164th Ohio Infantry, 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, and the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry.
— Submitted February 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2008. This page has been viewed 3,183 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.