Michigan Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Civil War Defenses of Washington
Riﬂe Trench & Two Gun Battery
The ridge that extends along the edge of the parking lot to the right where you are standing is the remains of a rifle trench built during the Civil War. This ridge, part of the Defenses of Washington, connected Ft. Totten to the north and Ft. Slemmer to the south. Fixed emplacements for artillery—known as batteries—were between the forts. One such battery is located at the end the ridge.
This ridge is an important part of our past. Constructed to protect the Federal Capital against a Confederate attack, the Defenses of Washington consisted of 164 forts and batteries. At the end of the Civil War, Washington, D.C. was one of the most heavily fortified cities in the world.
• Photograph of typical bunker and rifle trenches built to protect Washington during Civil War.
• Sector Map
Joe Horning &
Erected by Joe Horning & Reed Young.
Location. 38° 56.453′ N, 77° 0.198′ W. Marker is in Michigan Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Taylor Street NE and Harewood Road NE, on the right when traveling west on Taylor Street NE. Touch for map. On
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); U. S. Soldiers' Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memorial Day Order (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Justine Bayard Ward (approx. 0.4 miles away); President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home (approx. half a mile away); Fort Totten (approx. half a mile away); History of the Catholic University Law School (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. 0.6 miles away).
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.