Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Stevens

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Date(s) - Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fort Stevens,


The National Park Service with the support of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, will commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens, 13th and Quackenbos Streets NW. Opening ceremony at 10 am. Keynote speaker will be noted Howard University historian Edna Green Medford. Afternoon programs include presentations by other noted historians, military and civilian living history re-enactors, hourly musket firings, period music, Civil War-era programs for children, and more. It concludes with a walk to Battleground Cemetery with a memorial service for the Union soldiers who were buried there after the battle.

The Battle of Fort Stevens (July 11-12, 1864), was the only Civil War battle in the Nation’s Capital and the only time in the history of the United States that a sitting President (Lincoln) has ever come under direct enemy fire. A surgeon standing next to Lincoln was, in fact, shot and had Lincoln been hit or killed the course of the Civil War and the nation’s history would have drastically changed.