Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Defenses of Washington
Here stood a detached lunette constructed in May, 1861, to guard the south flank of the defenses of Washington and named for General Winfield Scott, then General-in-Chief of the Army. It was subsequently relegated to an interior position by the construction of the defenses of Alexandria about 1¾ miles to the west. The Fort had a perimeter of 313 yards and emplacements for 8 guns. A remnant portion may be found immediately to the west.
Erected 1965 by Arlington County, Virginia. (Marker Number 6.)
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° 50.85′ N, 77° 3.539′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on Fort Scott Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the entrance to Fort Scott Park. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Four Mile Run and Flooding / The Restoration Project / I Live Here...Can You Find Me? / Public Art (approx. 0.3 miles away); Transportation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Betty Louise Josephson King (approx. half a mile away); The Columns of This Portico (approx. half a mile away); History at Four Mile Run Park (approx. half a mile away); Mount Vernon Trail (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Custis Family (approx. 0.8 miles away); Abingdon Plantation (approx. 0.8 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 Scott.
1. Fort Scott 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:
The fort is described as a large lunette. It covered the Four Mile Run valley, and thus interlocked with Forts Reynolds and Barnard further to the west. Armament included one 8-inch howitzer, five 24-pdr guns, one 20-pdr Parrott, one 6-pdr gun, and two 10-inch mortars. Two magazines, a guard house, a well house, and a bombproof barracks were enclosed within the fort. Troops stationed at the fort included the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery,
— Submitted February 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,399 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 9, 2008. 2. submitted on May 9, 2014, by Brian Cubbage of Alexandria, Virginia. 3. submitted on February 9, 2008. 4, 5. submitted on May 9, 2014, by Brian Cubbage of Alexandria, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.