Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Entrance Gate to Fort Ward
A ditch, or dry moat, surrounded the entire fort. The fort's earthen walls reached a height of approximately 20 feet from the bottom of the ditch to the arch of the gate. The walls were 12-14 feet thick and could absorb the impact of artillery fire.
The officers' huts, soldiers' barracks and mess hall were located outside the fort, near the present Museum, which is patterned after a Union army headquarters building. These structures were built in a typical board-and-batten style. The above photograph, taken at Fort Ward in 1863, shows the quarters of Capt. Theodore H. Rockwood (seated), of Co. E., First Connecticut Heavy Artillery.
Throughout the war, Fort Ward was manned by companies of the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery as well as units from New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The fort could accommodate a garrison of approximately 1,200 soldiers, although records indicate that only 300-400 men were stationed here at one time.
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 49.759′ N, 77° 6.141′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on West Braddock Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Fort Ward Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria VA 22304, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ward (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Ward (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproof (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Ward (about 300 feet away); Southwest Bastion (about 300 feet away); The Oakland Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Powder Magazine and Filling Room (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. Above the left side text are front and inside elevations of the original fort entrance gate. On the right is a wartime photograph of the officers' hut. An engineering plan of the fort is captioned,
Also see . . . Fort Ward Historic Site. (Submitted on May 8, 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 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,264 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on April 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on May 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6, 7. submitted on April 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.