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Fort Totten in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Totten

Rock Creek Park

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
Fort Totten Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 6, 2016
1. Fort Totten Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1861 and named after Brigadier General Joseph Gilbert Totten, Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Totten commanded the northeastern countryside of Washington, DC during the Civil War. Heavily armed with massive cannon that could hurl 100-pound projectiles several miles, Fort Totten halted the eastward advance of Confederate invaders inside Washington, DC during the Battle of Fort Stevens in July, 1864.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 56.923′ N, 77° 0.331′ W. Marker is in Fort Totten, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Fort Totten Drive Northeast north of Crittenden Street Northeast, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4810 Fort Totten Drive Northeast, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Totten (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Totten (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Those Who Lost Their Lives on June 22, 2009
Fort Totten Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 6, 2016
2. Fort Totten Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marlon Francisco Morales (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Opha May Jacob Johnson Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memorial Day Order (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Totten.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Brigadier General Joseph Gilbert Totten image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Brigadier General Joseph Gilbert Totten
Members of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery inside Fort Totten, 1865 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Members of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery inside Fort Totten, 1865
Fort Totten Today image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 6, 2016
5. Fort Totten Today
By the late 1920s the historic earthworks inside Fort Totten showed significant signs of erosion which threatened the preservation of the fort. To stabilize the fort vegetation was planted. Removal of vegetation from the fort and its grounds is prohibited.
Close-up of photo on marker
Entrance Gate to Fort Totten 1865 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 6, 2016
6. Entrance Gate to Fort Totten 1865
Close-up of photo on marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 8, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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