Talk: Washington's Civil War Forts and Parks - July 10, 2014

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Washington's Civil War Forts and Parks
Thursday, July 10, at noon
William G. McGowan Theater
During the Civil War, the Union army constructed a series of earthen defenses in  and around Washington to protect the nation's capital from attack. The defeat of Confederate forces at one of these, Fort Stevens, helped keep Washington in Union
  • Dr. B. Franklin Cooling, historian, author, and Professor of History, National Defense University,
  • Loretta Neumann, Vice President, Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and
  • Kym Elder, Program Manager, Civil War Defenses of Washington, National Park Service,

will discuss the development of Washington's Civil War forts, their role in the war, and their ensuing transformation into the public parks and cultural resources known as the Fort Circle Parks. This program  is presented in partnership with the National Capital Planning Commission and will function as the informal kick-off for the official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Fort Stevens.


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Many thanks for posting this. Here's the full array of programs planned for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens, starting at with the pre-commemoration "kick-off" events at the National Archives on Thurs. July 10 and ending with a memorial service at Battleground National Cemetery the Sunday afternoon, July 13.  Each event is unique and will be educational as well as enjoyable. [Note: Historic Fort Stevens is located between 13th St. and Georgia Ave. at Quackenbos St.]


  • 12pm – 1pm.    Washington's Civil War Forts and Parks. Sponsored by National Capital Planning Commission and National Archives & Records Administration.  Presentations by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Cooling & Loretta Neumann, Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington; and Kym Elder, National Park Service Program Manager, Civil War Defenses of Washington.
    National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW
  • 4: pm – 6:30 pm. Interpretive Hike, Forts DeRussy and Stevens to Battleground National Cemetery.  Walk about 2-miles.  Wear hiking boots or trail shoes and bring water. At the end of walk at 6:30, return to your vehicle or go to Georgia Ave. /Petworth Metro Station by bus. Leader: Russ Norfleet, (703) 501-7953,
     Location:  Meet in parking lot of Rock Creek Nature Center (south, off Military Road)
  • 6:30pm – 8pm.  The Day Lincoln Was Almost Shot, The Fort Stevens Story . Sponsored by Martin Luther King Library. Presentation by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Cooling
     Location: MLK Library, Washingtoniana Room (#307), 901 G St NW.
  • 7:00 pm – 9:30pm   Battle of Fort Stevens & Montgomery County, MD. Sponsored by City of Takoma Park, MD.  Period music, battle histories, clips from the video “Life in a War Zone - Montgomery County during the Civil War” and reception. Diana Kohn, Historic Takoma; Susan Claffey & Loretta Neumann, Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington; Greg Lewis, The Revels; Dr. Robert Oshel, author, Silver Spring and the Civil War.
    Location: Takoma Park Municipal Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park MD


  • 7pm - 9pm.  Civil War Historians’ Round Table. Sponsored by National Park Service. The significance of the Civil War and Battle of Fort Stevens. Dr. Robert Sutton, Chief Historian, National Park Service; Dr. Benjamin Franklin Cooling; Dr. Frank Smith, Executive Director, African American Civil War Memorial
    Location: Nativity Church (invited) 6001 13th Street NW.


  • 9:am – 12:30 pm.  A Hike Back in History. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society – Contact (301) 565-6704.
    Location: Depart from Battery Kemble Park (Chain Bridge Road NW) through several forts to Fort Stevens
  • 10am -12pm.  150th Anniversary Commemorative Program. Sponsored by National Park Service.  Congressional, federal, municipal and community representatives; historians  including Ed Bearss, former chief historian, National Park Service; and C. R. Gibbs, author and lecturer; period music and wreath laying ceremony. First cannon shot in DC in 150 years!
    Location: Historic Fort Stevens
  • 12:30pm-4pm. 150th Anniversary Commemorative Activities.  Sponsored by National Park Service.  Civil War living history; 19th century crafts, period music, and children’s activities; historic talks and walks; Civil War soldiers’ encampments and military demonstrations.
    Location: Historic Fort Stevens


  • 10am – 5pm. Civil War 150th History Mobile and Commemorative Activities.  Sponsored by National Park Service. Historic displays, talks, and walks; Civil War encampments.
    Location: Historic Fort Stevens
  • 2pm - 4pm. 150th Anniversary Memorial Program: Battleground National Cemetery.  Sponsored by National Park Service.  Program to honor those interred at the Cemetery: Reading interred names, placement of U.S. flags at grave markers, historical presentation, and period music.
    Location: Battleground National Cemetery, 6625 Georgia Ave., NW