Fort C. F. Smith (Arlington, Virginia)
Fort C. F. Smith Historic District
Part of the fort's earthworks are on the right.
|Location||2411 24th St., Arlington, Virginia|
|Area||19 acres (7.7 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||99001719|
|Added to NRHP||February 1, 2000|
|Designated VLR||September 15, 1999|
The new post was constructed by Union troops in early 1863 and named for Charles Ferguson Smith. The fortification extended the line of Arlington forts to the Potomac River. Along with Forts Strong, Morton, and Woodbury, it functioned as part of the outer perimeter of defenses that protected the Aqueduct Bridge of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
The fort was entered from the east by a road that crossed Spout Run and proceeded up the hill to Fort Strong. To provide clear lines of fire for Fort C.F. Smith and adjacent forts, all of the trees for miles around were cut down. Many of the trees were used in construction of the forts and support structures.
The park is preserved by Arlington County at the Fort C.F. Smith Park.
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- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
- 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. 115–121. ISBN 978-0-8108-6307-1.
- Kerri Culhane (May 1999). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Fort C. F. Smith" (PDF). and Accompanying two photos
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