Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Northwest Demi-Bastion
The bastion design includes two levels of artillery. Guns were to be mounted on the parapet above and in the casemates you see below at the base of the wall. When the fort was armed in the 1840s, however, only the guns on the upper, or barbette, level were installed.
The casemates saw other uses. Company laundresses lived in two of them with their soldier husbands until better quarters were built outside the fort in 1867. Other casemates served as storerooms and the sutler, or post trader, had a shop in one during the early 1860s.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 42.692′ N, 77° 2.049′ W. Marker is in Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fort Washington Road, on the right when traveling south. Located in Fort Washington Park, overlooking the northwest demi-bastion. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Gateway (a few steps from this marker); Caponiere (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Water Battery (about 300 feet away); Shot and Shell (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Water Battery (about 400 feet away); New Guns for an Old Fort (about 400 feet away); Capital Guardian (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Capital Guardian (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Washington.
More about this marker. On the left is an illustration depicting a laundress. In the lower center is what appears to be a sutler's list of goods with prices. On the right is a drawing of the demi-bastion showing guns mounted on the parapet. A overall plan of the fort indicates the location of the marker.
Also see . . . Fort Washington. National Park Service site. (Submitted on May 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,063 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.