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Scotland in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Lincoln

 
 
Fort Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
1. Fort Lincoln Marker
Inscription. Standing before you is Fort Lincoln, the main Union fortification on the peninsula. As a key defense stronghold, Fort Lincoln, also known as Fort #2, was cleverly designed to resist attack.

To defend against artillery fire or direct infantry assaults, the Fort had 60-yard square earthen walls. Loose dirt on the outside slowed attackers, while hardened interiors resisted cannon fire. At the rear, an L-shaped passage protected the gates from cannon fire or a battering ram. A dry moat further delayed the enemy.

Built near the end of the Civil War, Fort Lincoln saw no action.

Visiting the Fort
Today, the earthen walls are the only original vestiges of Fort Lincoln. The other structures are reconstructions, based on archival drawings. Inside you can visit the officers quarters, barracks, guardhouse and storage areas. The Friends of Point Lookout are key partners in preserving this historic site.

Caption of Top Drawing
Plan of Fort Lincoln (Based on original Engineers drawing and showing present shore line)

Caption of Middle Photo
Officers of 5th Regiment, who were stationed at Fort Lincoln.

Caption of Bottom Photo
Cabins at Fort Lincoln
 
Erected by Maryland Park Service.
 
Location.
Entrance to Fort Lincoln image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
2. Entrance to Fort Lincoln
38° 2.385′ N, 76° 19.44′ W. Marker is in Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Bustling Civil War Community (here, next to this marker); Shipwreck! (here, next to this marker); Defense Strategies (here, next to this marker); John Wilkes Booth (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Point Lookout State Park (about 600 feet away); Point Lookout-Hammond Hospital (about 600 feet away); A Crucial Point (about 600 feet away); Let There Be Light (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotland.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
Earthen Wall Surrounding the Fort image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
3. Earthen Wall Surrounding the Fort
Interior of the Fort image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
4. Interior of the Fort
Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
5. Barracks
Small Building Near Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
6. Small Building Near Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 891 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 8, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.
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