courtesy of ‘Rob Shenk’
This Saturday is Fort Stevens Day, a celebration of the 146th anniversary of the only Civil War battle to occur in DC. Always needed an excuse to check out the Civil War Defenses of Washington? Now’s your chance!
Saturday’s event includes a kids’ activity tent, various historical presentations, and a Civil War heavy artillery demonstration. Check out the full schedule and directions to the park, and keep in mind that rain cancels the event.
Imagine the broadside from this cannon!
On a long run recently, I cam across Fort Stevens and was surprised at the National Park Service setup.
Here on a hillside in modern DC is a full Civil War fort, compete with cannons looking out over neighbourhoods. Much more detailed, if way smaller than Fort Slocum, it still calls out to the little boy inside me. I want to come back and attack this fort right – in complete childhood fantasy style!
Imagine leading the charge of cardboard Samurai as it crested the ramparts into withering rubber band machine gun fire just as the pumpkin trebuchets fired overhead.
Now that would be so cool!