Fort Slocum (1)

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Fort Slocum (1) (1861-1865) - Fort Slocum was built by the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry and named for Colonel John S. Slocum, who was killed at the First Battle of Bull Run on 21 Jul 1861.

Part of the U.S. Civil War defense of Washington DC. Construction began in the fall of 1861. The fort had 25 guns and mortars and commanded the intersection of the left and right forks of Rock Creek Church Road (near today's New Hampshire Avenue and McDonald Place). The fort also provided support for Fort Stevens (2) to the west and Fort Totten (2) to the south.

The fort was abandoned after the end of the war in 1865.

Current Status

Today the field gun battery and rifle-pits are badly eroded, but remains are visible in Fort Slocum Park, bounded by Kansas Avenue, Blair Road, and Milmarson Place, NE., Washington DC.

USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:

  • Name: Fort Slocum Type: Historical Class: Military ID: 531572
  • Location: District of Columbia, District of Columbia, US, FIPS Code: 11001
  • Latitude: 38.9597222, Longitude: -77.0144444, Elevation: 220' Map: Washington West
  • As Of: 01 Apr 1993
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: 99 Oglethorpe Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20011

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Lat: 38.960877 Long: -77.010877



Visited: 26 May 2013

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