Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The viewing platform to the right of this marker spans an opening (outlet) in the fort wall that enabled troops to move through the ditch to an outlying rifle trench without being exposed to enemy fire.
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 49.776′ N, 77° 6.206′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from West Braddock Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ward (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Entrance Gate to Fort Ward (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Ward (about 300 feet away); Bombproof (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Ward (about 400 feet away); Powder Magazine and Filling Room (about 500 feet away); Northwest Bastion (about 500 feet away); Profile of Fort (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker face presents a engineering plan of the fort, with red arrows indicating the tour path, The Southwest Bastion is the last point on the tour of Fort Ward. The self-guided tour of this historic site begins at the Ceremonial Gate near the museum. The location of the Parrott gun platform, other gun emplacements, magazines, and the rifle trench are indicated in blue. Below the fort plan is a Diagram of a center pintle carriage. On the right is a photograph of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery in the Southwest Bastion.
Also see . . . Fort Ward Historic Site. (Submitted on May 14, 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 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,645 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.