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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

July 12th, 1864 - The Battle of Fort Stevens

Conflict: American Civil War

Combatants: Confederates vs. Federals

Location: Washington D. C. (USA)

Outcome: Federal victory

With orders to threaten the capitol itself, Confederate General Jubal Early led his 13,000 strong army into Maryland, collecting levies along the way. Early's troops reached Fort Stevens on the outskirts of Washington D.C. on July 11th. On the following day, aware that Federal reinforcements were imminent, Early skirmished with the fort's defenders before withdrawing.

Fort Stevens Washington1864 by an unknown photographer

Points of Interest:

  • Abraham Lincoln was visiting Fort Stevens at the time of the attack. Reportedly, when he mounted the parapet to view the battle, a Union officer, unaware it was the president, shouted "Get down, you fool!"

  • Confederate soldiers burned down the home of the Postmaster General while retreating.

Jubal Anderson Early by an unknown photographer

Abraham Lincoln by Alexander Gardner

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