Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The largest piece of armament which Fort DeRussy utilized was the 100-Pound Parrott Rifle. This cannon, shown above at nearby Fort Totten, could hurl 100 pound projectiles several miles into the Maryland countryside. During the Battle of Fort Stevens, Fort DeRussy halted the Confederate advance into the city by firing this deadly and accurate cannon a total of 28 times.
[image Parrott Rifle at Fort Totten] Members of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery by 100-Pounder Parrott Rifle inside Fort Totten, 1865.
[photo of Private Samuel Strawser] Private Samuel Strawser, a member of the 151st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was stationed at Fort DeRussy during the Battle of Fort Stevens.
[photo of General Jubal Early] "On the right was Rock Creek, running through a deep ravine which had been rendered impassable... every appliance
You can download a podcast of Fort DeRussy at www.nps.gov/rocr.
Erected by US Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 57.781′ N, 77° 3.037′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Oregon Avenue and Military Road. Touch for map. Marker is located about 200 yards northeast of the intersection and is accessed by a trail through the woods. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort DeRussy (a few steps from this marker); Fort De Russy (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Herring Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Garden Protecting Rock Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); Tupelo Tree Forest Hills at Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); An African American Enclave (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Entrepreneurs (approx. 0.9 miles away).
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,176 times since then and 116 times this year. Last updated on April 9, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 14, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.