Mahaning Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Earthworks of Fort Mahan are visible; follow path at the top of the hill.
Fort Mahan from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drawing.
- Fort Mahan was named after West Point professor Dennis Hart Mahan whose book on fortifications guided construction of the forts around Washington, D.C.
[Map of the District of Columbia showing ...:]
Other Civil War fort locations administered by the National Park Service.
[Generic series photograph of Fort Circle artillerymen and cannon on a hilltop overlooking rural D.C.:]
During the Civil War, Washington’s forts overlooked farm land.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 53.617′ N, 76° 56.655′ W. Marker is in Mahaning Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Benning Road, NE west of 14th Street, NE. Touch for map. Marker is above the lawn on the hillside hiker trail, south side of Fort Mahan Park, north of Benning Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4000 Benning Rd, NE, Washington DC 20019, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. From Gambling to Garden Apartments (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Chaplin (approx. half a mile away); 100 Years of Afro-American History (approx. 0.6 miles away); “What Magic Has Been Wrought Here” (approx. 0.6 miles away); Designed to Compete (approx. 0.7 miles away); Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Eastland Gardens (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lederer Gardens (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mahaning Heights.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Mahan - Civil War Defenses of Washington. Fort Mahan, situated on an isolated hill belonging to Dr. William Manning, was built to guard the approaches to Benning's Bridge which crosses the Anacostia River. (Submitted on August 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Dennis Hart Mahan. ... He resigned his commission in 1832 to accept the position of Chair of the Engineering Department [USMA]. ... An important influence on the military conduct of the American Civil War and Civil Engineering, Mahan is best understood as an educator and technology transfer agent, not a theorist. Mahan almost singlehandedly compiled and transferred the best of European engineering to the United States and other English-speaking parts of the world. Virtually all 19th century American engineering schools were started with West Point-educated faculty or adopted its texts. (Submitted on August 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Fort Circle Parks; Mahaning Heights; Irish-Americans
Categories. • Education • Forts, Castles • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 862 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.