Fort Lincoln (2)

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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 Interior
Fort Lincoln HQ and Officers Quarters
Fort Lincoln Gun Emplacements 5 & 6, 100-pounder Parrott Gun in Background

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 A. W. Bradbury commanding.–Garrison, withdrawn; works guarded by First Maine Battery from Camp Barry–1 ordnance-sergeant.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.


Current Status

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:

  • Name: Fort Lincoln Type: Historical Class: Military ID: 2458367
  • Location: District of Columbia, District of Columbia, US, FIPS Code: 11001
  • Latitude: 38.9267, Longitude: -76.9565, Elevation: 184 Map: Washington East
  • As Of: 27 Jun 2008
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: Fort Lincoln Park in Northeast Washington DC.

Maps & Images

Lat: 38.92591 Long: -76.95837

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Visited: 25 May 2013

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