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Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Northwest Demi-Bastion

 
 
The Northwest Demi-Bastion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
1. The Northwest Demi-Bastion Marker
Inscription. The demi-bastion is a section of the fort that projects beyond the main wall and provides concentrated defensive fire.

The bastion design includes two levels of artillery. Guns were to be mounted on the parapet above and in the casemates you see below at the base of the wall. When the fort was armed in the 1840s, however, only the guns on the upper, or barbette, level were installed.

The casemates saw other uses. Company laundresses lived in two of them with their soldier husbands until better quarters were built outside the fort in 1867. Other casemates served as storerooms and the sutler, or post trader, had a shop in one during the early 1860s.
 
Location. 38° 42.692′ N, 77° 2.049′ W. Marker is in Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fort Washington Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Fort Washington Park, overlooking the northwest demi-bastion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Gateway (a few steps from this marker); Caponiere (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Water Battery
The Northwest Demi-Bastion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
2. The Northwest Demi-Bastion Marker
(about 300 feet away); Shot and Shell (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Water Battery (about 400 feet away); New Guns for an Old Fort (about 400 feet away); Capital Guardian (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Capital Guardian (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Washington.
 
More about this marker. On the left is an illustration depicting a laundress. In the lower center is what appears to be a sutler's list of goods with prices. On the right is a drawing of the demi-bastion showing guns mounted on the parapet. A overall plan of the fort indicates the location of the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Washington. National Park Service site. (Submitted on May 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
The Courtyard of the Demi-Bastion image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
3. The Courtyard of the Demi-Bastion
One of the Casemates image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
4. One of the Casemates
... With a River-Front View image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
5. ... With a River-Front View
Barbette Mounts on the Parapet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
6. Barbette Mounts on the Parapet
The iron traces used by the wheels on the gun carriages are elevated upon blocks. The iron pivot points are in the center, on raised brick platforms.
Another View of the Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
7. Another View of the Courtyard
Note the lower casemates of the demi-bastion are on a level lower than the main fort's courtyard. A stairway leads to this lower level.
The Northwest Demi-Bastion image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
8. The Northwest Demi-Bastion
The casemates saw other uses. Company laundresses lived in two of them with their soldier husbands until better quarters were built outside the fort in 1867. Other casemates served as storerooms and the sutler, or post trader, had a shop in one during the early 1860s.
Close-up of image on marker
Company Laundress image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
9. Company Laundress
Close-up of image on marker
List of Sutler's Goods Stored in One of the Casemates image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
10. List of Sutler's Goods Stored in One of the Casemates
Close-up of image on marker
Inside a Casemate image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
11. Inside a Casemate
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 983 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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