Fort Lincoln (2) (1861-1865) - A Union U.S. Civil War fort established in 1861 in Northeast Washington DC. Named after President Abraham Lincoln. Abandoned in 1865 after the end of the war.
Fort Lincoln History
One of the ring of Union fortifications surrounding Washington DC during the U.S. Civil War, see Washington DC Fort Ring.
Fort Lincoln and Associated Batteries Including Battery Jameson
Fort Lincoln was a bastioned fort with four faces that mounted one 100 pounder Parrott and four 20 pounder Parrott guns as well as a number of other major pieces of artillery. Established to protect the B & O Railroad and the Baltimore Turnpike on the eastern edge of the District of Columbia. Fort Lincoln was situated between Fort Thayer and Battery Jameson in the defensive ring around Washington DC.
A 17 May 1864 report from the Union Inspector of Artillery noted the following: "Fort Lincoln and Battery Jameson, Capt. A. W. Bradbury commanding.–Garrison, withdrawn; works guarded by First Maine Battery from Camp Barry–1 ordnance-sergeant. Armament, eight 6-pounder field guns (bronze), four 12-pounder field guns, five 24-pounder barbette, one 24-pounder siege, six 32-pounder sea-coast howitzers, two 24-pounder howitzers (F. D.), two 8-inch howitzers, two Coehorn mortars, one 10-inch mortar, four 30- pounder Parrotts, one 100-pounder Parrott. Magazines, two; dry and in good order, one magazine has never had a lock. Ammunition, full supply and serviceable. Implements, complete and serviceable."
Abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.
On the grounds of the Fort Lincoln Park in Northeast Washington DC. The park contains a number of symbolic structures that look as if they were meant to represent actual fort structures. These include five open gazebo structures scattered about that could represent the bastions and landscaping that could represent the earthworks and ditches.
USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 2458367
- Cooling, Benjamin F. III and Owen, Valton H. II, Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington, Scarecrow Press, 2009, ISBN 0810863073, ISBN 9780810863071, 334 pages.
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 137
- NPS Civil War Defenses of Washington - Appendix E: General Reports About the Defenses
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