Fort Bunker Hill

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Fort Bunker Hill
Part of the Civil War defenses of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
Fort Bunker Hill is located in District of Columbia
Fort Bunker Hill
Fort Bunker Hill
Coordinates 38°56′07″N 76°59′16″W / 38.93539°N 76.98775°W / 38.93539; -76.98775
Type Earthwork fort
Site information
Controlled by Union Army
Condition Residential Area
Site history
Built 1861
Built by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
In use 1861–1865
Materials Earth, timber
Demolished 1865
Battles/wars American Civil War

Fort Bunker Hill was a brick and earthenwork fortification built as part of the defenses of Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War.


The fort was built in late 1861 by soldiers from the 11th Massachusetts Infantry regiment and was intended to assist in the defense of the northeast approaches to Washington between Fort Totten and Fort Lincoln. Company F of the 11th Vermont Infantry Regiment was assigned to Fort Bunker Hill to assist in the defense of the city until November 17, 1862. Thirteen guns were mounted in the rectangular-shaped fort, which operated until the conclusion of hostilities in 1865.[1]

Image of NPS Map at Fort Bunker Hill site in Washington, DC

The site of the fort is bounded by 14th, Otis, 13th, and Perry Streets in Northeast DC. Today, little remains of the fort, and the site is maintained by the National Park Service. A nearby road was named Bunker Hill Road after the fort, but it was later renamed Michigan Avenue.


  1. ^ 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. 196–200. ISBN 978-0-8108-6307-1. 

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