Fort Richardson (Arlington, Virginia)

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For Fort Richardson, the U.S. Army installation adjacent to Anchorage, Alaska, see Fort Richardson.
Fort Richardson
Washington, D.C.
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1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery at Fort Richardson
Fort Richardson is located in District of Columbia
Fort Richardson
Fort Richardson
Coordinates 38°51′16″N 77°05′14″W / 38.8544°N 77.0873°W / 38.8544; -77.0873
Site history
Built 1861 (1861)

Fort Richardson was a detached redoubt constructed by the Union Army in September 1861 as part of the defense of Washington during the American Civil War.

It was named for General Israel B. Richardson, whose division was then deployed to defend against attack by way of Columbia Turnpike.


It had a perimeter of 316 yards and emplacements for 15 guns, including one 100-pound Parrott gun.[1]

It is now marked only by an historic marker on South 18th Street off of Glebe Road. The fort is designated as an Historic District by Arlington County.


  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. 81–86. ISBN 978-0-8108-6307-1. 

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