Fort Ethan Allen (Arlington, Virginia)
Fort Ethan Allen
A section of the earthworks that remain.
|Location||Address Restricted, Arlington, Virginia|
|Area||9.8 acres (4.0 ha)|
|Architect||Barnard, Gen. John Gross|
|NRHP Reference #||04000052|
|Added to NRHP||February 11, 2004|
|Designated VLR||December 3, 2003|
Fort Ethan Allen was an earthwork fortification built on the property of Gilbert Vanderwerken in Alexandria County, Virginia, (now Arlington, Virginia) by the Union Army in 1861 as part of the defense of Washington during the American Civil War. The remains of the fort, a portion of the earthen walls, now overgrown, are now part of Fort Ethan Allen Park.
It was an earthern fort, with a perimeter of 736 yards and places for 36 guns
There was no military action at Fort Ethan Allen throughout the American Civil War; the only attack on Washington-area forts was at Fort Stevens, north of the city, in 1864. Perhaps the most memorable wartime occurrence at Fort Ethan Allen was a visit by President Abraham Lincoln, one of the few visits to a Washington fort he ever made.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- Laura V. Trieschmann and Kim A. O'Connell (August 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Fort Ethan Allen" (PDF). and Accompanying two photos
- Cooling III, Benjamin Franklin; Owen II, Walton H. (6 October 2009). Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Scarecrow Press. pp. 128–136. ISBN 978-0-8108-6307-1.
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