155th Anniversary 

Battle of Fort Stevens

Sat. July 13, 2019

"Virtual" Commemoration
157th Anniversary
Battle of Fort Stevens
July 10-11, 2021

Sponsored by 

National Park Service 

With Support from  

Alliance to Preserve the

Civil War Defenses of Washington


NPS - sign
NPS - sign

IMG_1142 Flag on a grave
IMG_1142 Flag on a grave



Photos from 155th Anniversary Commemoration

By  Loretta Neumann, Carolivia Herron, Kym Elder, Bruce Fagin, Marvin Tupper Jones 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will again be held virtually on  Saturday, July 10th at 10:00am,  re-airing on Sunday, July 11th at 3:00pm. 


The Alliance will work with NPS on programming, which will include both new presentations on the history and significance of the battle and also feature highlights of previous commemorations through interpretive talks, living history demonstrations, songs and much more.  


Featured guest speaker, noted historians and other program details will be announced later. 


If you would like to help the Alliance on this event, send us a message: 

For information on the NPS Civil War Defenses of Washington and program information, you  may visit www.nps.gov/cwdw.  


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About Us

The Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington (Alliance) is a private, non-profit association of people interested in the Civil War and historic preservation of the Civil War Defenses of Washington (Defenses or CWDW). The Alliance was incorporated as a District of Columbia non-profit corporation on June 13, 2008 and received its IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) tax exempt status on May 30, 2009.  Donations from "friends" are voluntary; there are no required membership dues.


The Board of Directors and Advisors consist of individual Civil War experts, historians,  scholars; representatives of Civil War groups, preservation and conservation organizations, neighborhood associations, citizen activists, and other interested persons. The Alliance has an Advisory Board of historians,  representing Civil War organizations, preservation and environmental groups, and well-known scholars.

Commemoration History


The Fort Stevens commemoration is held annually by the National Park Service on the Saturday nearest the dates of the battle that occurred July 11-12, 1864. This was the only Civil War Battle that occurred in the Nation's Capital and the only time in the nation's history that a sitting President (Lincoln) has come under direct enemy fire. 

The battle engaged other Civil War Defenses, including Forts Reno, Bayard, DeRussy, Slocum, Totten and Bunker Hill. Sites around DC were all on high alert. After heavy fighting, the Confederate troops slipped off overnight to return to Virginia and, after many small battles and skirmishes, were finally defeated at the Battle of Cedar Creek in Oct. 1864.

Battleground National Cemetery, a few blocks north of Fort Stevens on Georgia Ave., holds the remains of 41 of the Union soldiers who died at Fort Stevens.


News & Events

Information about the annual Battle of Fort Stevens anniversary commemoration, guided tours and hikes of the Civil War Defenses of Washington, lectures, and more.

Get Involved

The Alliance works to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote the Civil War Defenses of Washington for all visitors to enjoy and to assure their preservation for generations to come. YOU CAN HELP TOO.


You can support the work of the Alliance by making a donation to fund our efforts. Any size donation is appreciated and is fully tax deductible. We promise it will be put to good use in support of our mission. 

About the Forts

Learn more about the history of the many earthworks in the Civil War Defenses of Washington--why they were built,  who they were named for, where they are located, and if you can still see and visit them today.


Find links to other  useful information about touring, learning, and teaching about the Civil War Defenses of Washington.

Contact Us

We want to hear from you. Please contact us for information and questions about the Civil War Defenses of Washington or to volunteer.

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