A reconstruction of one of the sixty-eight major forts built to protect Washington, D.C. during the Civil War, Fort Ward was the fifth-largest fort in the system and was considered to be a model of military engineering. It was named after James Harmon Ward, the first Union naval officer to die in the war.
Washington, DC | At the outset of the Civil War, a system of flanking forts and batteries was constructed around Washington, and in 1863 its name was changed to Fort Stevens, in memory of Brigadier Gen. Isaac Ingalls Stevens.
Alexandria, Virginia | Established in 1862 as one of the original 14 national cemeteries, this site is the final resting place of thousands of soldiers who gave their lives in service to the United States.
Washington, DC | This national monument is the "first" national memorial to the 209,145 African-American soldiers and their 7, 000 white officers who fought in the American Civil War from 1862 to 1865.