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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
  • Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

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.

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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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-AL55.

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