Celebrate Fort Stevens Weekend, July 11-12

This is a message from Ward 4 neighbor Loretta Neumann, President of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington. This weekend, the Alliance and the National Parks Service celebrate the history of the Civil War Battle of Fort Stevens with several online events.

To our friends and Civil War buffs/scholars near and far,

Here is an update on our two days of programs for the 156th  commemoration of the Battle of Fort Stevens (July 11-12, 1864) – the only Civil War battle that occurred in the Nation’s Capital:


  1. For the first time, it is being commemorated “virtually.”  Sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS) with the assistance of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington (CWDW), the commemoration will be shared on Facebook tomorrow, Saturday, July 11, 2020, beginning at 10 am.

    As usual, it will feature  historians and other speakers, military and civilian reenactors, period musicians, and various talks on the theme, “Civil War to Civil Rights.”  Most of the presenters are our own “friends” of the CWDW who usually perform “live.”  They’ve all worked hard to make this a success.

The Alliance website,  www.dccivilwarforts.org, has links to both the NPS and Alliance Facebook pages where you can access the programs.  NPS will begin at 10 am – 12:15 and repeated.  The Alliance programs will begin at 2:30 pm.  All will remain on-line afterwards, and we anticipate adding more in the future.

For those few of you not familiar with Ft Stevens, it is located between 13th St. and Georgia Ave. off  Quackenbos St NW.  Also Battleground National Cemetery, 6625 Georgia Ave NW, a few blocks north of Fort Stevens where 41 of the Union Soldiers who fought in the battle are buried. Both still open to the public and are well worth a visit!


  1. On Sunday, July 12,
    1. I will be featured on the Takoma Park radio station on Eric Bond’s program this Sunday, July 12, about 2 pm,  WOWD, 93.4 FM. It streams at www.takomaradio.org  for those who don’t live nearby.  I talk about the Battle of Fort Stevens as well as the larger issues that resonate today as an outcome of the Civil War.
    2. The National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington will premiere a video — at Battleground National Cemetery. “Within Sight of the Capital”: The Battle of Fort Stevens 12 July 1864.  Here’s the link:   https://www.facebook.com/cwdwnps/videos/1513134038861292

Hope you will join us this weekend in commemorating this important part of our national and local history. And hope to see you in person next year on July 10, 2021!



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