Civil War Map of D.C. Fortifications

Take a look at this Civil War map of D.C. and it’s surroundings. Click on it for greater detail and you’ll be able to see all the fortifications around the city (i.e., Fort Totten, Fort Lincoln, etc).

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District of Columbia fortifications in 1862
District of Columbia fortifications in 1862

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Did they forget Ft Stevens?

  • Ft. Stevens is called Ft. Pennsylvania on this map.

  • Jim Steele

    Fort Stevens is Fort Massachusetts on the map. Fort Pennsylvania became Fort Reno.

  • Jim Steele

    I just walked my dog on the earthworks at Fort DeRussy two days ago.

  • The map leaves out Fort Bayard (at River Road and Western Avenue). It also leaves out Battery Kemble.

  • Sharon Morey

    I’m from Hyatsville and while looking at the fortifications I was excited to see Queen’ s Chapel in NE. The road next to it is likely the precursor to what is now Michigan Ave which becomes Queens’ s Chapel Rd! At the DC MD border It runs right through land owned by a Mr Magruder, right about where Magruder Park is. Not a fortification observation, but this is what i love about old maps.