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The Civil War Defenses of Washington

The Battle of Fort Stevens

 The Civil War Defenses of Washington

The Chevy Chase Neighborhood in 1864


Thursday June 5, 2014

7:30 p.m.

Chevy Chase Community Center


As we approach the 150th anniversary of Confederate Jubal Early’s attack on Northwest Washington, you are invited to a multimedia presentation by noted historian Benjamin Franklin Cooling and Gary Thompson, co-founder of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington.


For three days in July 1864 Union soldiers – at Forts Stevens, Reno, Bayard, Battery Kimble and DeRussy – defended the capitol while Grant’s more veteran troops made their way from Petersburg.  Reinforcements arrived in the nick of time, but in the meantime residents of what later became Chevy Chase and other neighborhoods – boys, older men and invalids – stepped up to help defend the city. This is the battle where Abraham Lincoln famously risked his own life to observe the fighting from the vantage point of Fort Stevens.


Cooling and Thompson will take us back to that July with photos, maps and a virtual tour of the defenses that can still be seen amidst our city. Your drive across Military Road will never seem the same again.


Join Historic Chevy Chase DC in the Chevy Chase Community Center

7:30 p.m. June 5th Thursday

Light refreshments will be provided.

Questions?, or 202-329-6816.

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