Washington’s Civil War Forts and Parks
During the Civil War, the Union army constructed a series of earthen defenses in and around Washington to protect the nation’s capital from attack. The defeat of Confederate forces at one of these―Fort Stevens―helped keep Washington in Union control. Dr. B. Franklin Cooling, historian, author, and Professor of History, National Defense University, Loretta Neumann, Vice President, Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and Kym Elder, Program Manager, Civil War Defenses of Washington, National Park Service, will discuss the development of Washington’s Civil War forts, their role in the war, and their ensuing transformation into the public parks and cultural resources known as the Fort Circle Parks.
Join us on Thursday, July 10 at noon in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi_3gB6qpGo) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).
This program is presented in partnership with the National Capital Planning Commission and will function as the informal kick-off for the official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Fort Stevens.