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  • Ft Stevens - Washington D.C.
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  • Plaque showing President Lincoln under fire - Washington D.C.
      Plaque showing President Lincoln under fire
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Ft Stevens formed part of Washington's defenses during the Civil War. In July 1864, the bulk of the Union Army was invading Virginia, leaving the capital poorly defended. Confederate troops led by General Jubal A. Early tried to take the city, but were repulsed here at this fort by newly arrived reinforcements.

When President Lincoln learned of the battle, he headed to Ft Stevens to see it in person. A nearby Union officer observed him, and yelled out "Get down, you fool!" That was Oliver Wendell Holmes, later a Supreme Court Justice. So Abraham Lincoln became the only sitting US President to come under enemy fire during wartime.

Located at 13th and Quackenbos Streets, NW. This was in the countryside north of the city, but is now a residential neighborhood.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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