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East Potomac Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Engineering a Landmark

 
 
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By Charles T. Harrell, June 13, 2011
1. Engineering a Landmark Marker
Inscription. You stand on a part of the Potomac River once marred by unattractive, putrid mudflats. Hains Point forms just a part of the over 700-acre Potomac Park created in the 1880s from 12 million cubic yards of dredged river sediments. It is named for Maj. Gen. Peter Conover Hains, an illustrious United States Army soldier and engineer. With a distinguished career that stretched from the Civil War to the First World War, Hains remains better known for helping to design Potomac Park-one of the national capitalís more famous landmarks.

(Time Line):
1840-Born in Philadelphia, Pa.

1857-1861-U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY

1861-1865- U.S. Civil War.
Fired “first shot” at First Bull Run/Manassas
Helped design and map Vicksburg, MS siege works
Married Virginia Pettis Jenkins

1862-1863
Transferred to the Engineer Corps
Earned commendations from action in the battle and designing siege works at Vicksburg, MS

1865-1907-Engineering Projects
Lighthouse construction in South Carolina and Florida
Potomac River Reclamation Project
Surveyor for “national road” from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon
Nicaragua and Panama Canal Commissions
Baltimore, MD harbor defenses

1916-Appointed Major General by Act of
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By Charles T. Harrell, June 13, 2011
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Congress and became only Civil War veteran officer in the Great War

1921-Died in Washington at Walter Reed Army Hospital; laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 51.584′ N, 77° 1.333′ W. Marker is in East Potomac Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 927 Ohio Drive, SW. Touch for map. Marker is near the southern tip of Hains Point, south of parking lot about 100 yards. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20319, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women War Workers 1861 - 1865 (approx. half a mile away); "The Gun" (approx. half a mile away); Lincoln Assassination Trial (approx. half a mile away); Building 20, Grant Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Walter Reed (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Walter Reed (approx. 0.8 miles away); Titanic Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Giesboro Park (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNotable PersonsWar, US CivilWar, World I
 
Major General Peter Conover Hains, 1840-1921. image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 13, 2011
3. Major General Peter Conover Hains, 1840-1921.
Engineering a Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 13, 2011
4. Engineering a Landmark Marker
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By Charles T. Harrell, June 13, 2011
5. Engineering a Landmark Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 678 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on June 1, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 21, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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