Commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the

Battle of Fort Stevens!

Sat. July 13, 2019

​10 am - 4 pm

Quackenbos Street NW , between 13th St. & Georgia Avenue




Civil War reenactors (military & civilian)

Living history demonstrations - Historic walks & talks

Kids & teens tent - Live period music and dancing

And more



National Park Service 



Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser

Ward 4 Council Member Brandon Todd 

DC Humanities Council 


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Annual Anniversary Event for the Battle of Fort Stevens


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Annual Battle Anniversary Commemoration. The Battle of Fort Stevens occurred July 11-12, 1864. Each year, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington host an event to mark the battle anniversary. Speakers, rangers, and volunteers share the history of the only Civil War battle to take place in the nation's capitol. An opening ceremony features Civil War era music, presentation of colors, welcome from the NPS and Alliance, speakers and other interesting programming. Afternoon programs include an array of interpretive and educational activities including more speakers, living history interpretations, military and civilian re-enactors, musket firing demonstrations, period music, 19th century children's games and crafts, and more.  Event concludes with a walk to Battleground Cemetery and a memorial service to honor the Union soldiers buried there. 

Save the date for the 155th Anniversary Commemoration, Sat. July 13, 2019!

​Alliance Sponsored Guided Tours. The Alliance hosts periodic tours highlighting the Civil War Defenses of Washington, related sites, and the Battle of Fort Stevens. Our guided tours have included a full circle of Defenses around DC - the northern tier defenses of Forts Stevens, DeRussy, Slocum, Totten, Reno, Bunker Hill etc.; Monocacy National Battlefield and Confederate Gen. Jubal Early's March to Washington; Battleground National Cemetery and Civil War sites at the Old Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and Virginia sites including Forts Marcy, C. F. Smith, and Ethan Allen.


Upcoming tours are posted to this page. Everyone is welcome!

Wreaths Across America. Since 2015, on National Wreaths Across America Day, Boy Scouts of America Troop #224, Wreaths Across America (WAA), the National Park Service's Civil War Defenses of Washington, and the Alliance have hosted a wreath-laying ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day. The 41 veterans of the Battle of Fort Stevens interred at Battleground National Cemetery are honored with a brief remembrance service followed by the wreath laying on each tombstone.