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Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

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4301 West Braddock Rd. Open to the public
  • Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (Richard Guy Wilson)

The centerpiece of this 40-acre park is an important example of Civil War—Union side—military engineering. Fort Ward was a link in the Union defenses of sixty-eight forts that surrounded Washington, D.C. The northwest bastion, constructed and modified between 1861 and 1865, was part of fortifications equipped with thirty-six guns and manned by 1,200 troops. The city of Alexandria restored the bastion in 1961–1964 and reconstructed some faux Victorian structures and the ceremonial gate.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site", [Alexandria, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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