Most Read: Local

Post Now
Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Park rangers to recreate Civil War defense of D.C.

The National Park Service is commemorating a key moment in the Civil War that marked the Union’s defense of Washington.

The commemoration is planned for Fort Marcy Park in McLean on Saturday. In September 1861, Union Troops marked across Chain Bridge near the site to claim a key point in defending the nation’s capital.

Fort Marcy is one of 68 forts built around the city during the Civil War. Two forts protected the Chain Bridge crossing over the Potomac River. It was one of the few bridges into Washington from Virginia at the time. Fort Marcy is one of only a few such forts that survive 150 years later.

Reservations are recommended for some ranger-led hikes and tours. Saturday’s commemoration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

By  |  09:09 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company