Near Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Armed with smaller field and siege guns, the landward bastions could deliver a sustained cannonade of 12- and 30-pounder shells. The long central traverse provided protection and contained magazines and bombproofs.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 46.08′ N, 77° 1.732′ W. Marker is near Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fort Foote Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located inside the Fort Foote National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 15-inch Rodman Smoothbore (within shouting distance of this marker); King's Depression Carriage (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Foote (within shouting distance of this marker); The Defenses of Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Foote (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Fine Improvable Marsh Anatomy of a Tidal Marsh (approx. 1.1 miles away in Virginia); A Place to Rest—or Nest (approx. 1.2 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Washington.
More about this marker. The upper portion of the marker contains a depiction of the guns of the bastion brought into action. The lower portion of the marker contains a Section profile drawing of the Northwest Bastion and a overhead Interior plan of magazine and bombproof rooms located in the central traverse. The drawings are keyed with annotations for (1) Abatis, (2) Parapet, (3) Ditch, (4) Magazine, (5) Bombproof, (6) Glacis, (7) Gallery, and (8) Central Traverse.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Foote. National Park Service site providing a short history of the fort. (Submitted on May 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Fort Foote Virtual Tour by Markers. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,332 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.