The Civil War Defenses of Washington

Monday, September 9, 2019 from 03:00 PM until 04:30 PM
Central Library, Open to the Public


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No registration required. This event is free, and all are welcome in the first floor auditorium.

As the battles of the Civil War loomed, the nation’s capital faced serious threats. The capital was the nucleus of the Union war effort and needed to be defended at all costs. In July 1864, the defenses were tested as a Confederate force surged toward Washington. Awaiting the enemy were the Defenses of Washington, along with President Abraham Lincoln. The capital defenses continued to evolve during the war, and by 1865, Washington D.C. was one of the most heavily fortified cities in the world.

Learn more about this dangerous period of the nation’s capital. National Park Service Ranger and historian at the Civil War Defenses of Washington (CWDW) Steve Phan will talk on “The Civil War Defenses of Washington D.C.” A military history scholar of the Civil War era, Phan’s research focuses on military occupation, operational command, fortifications, and the Western Theater during the Civil War. He is the author of articles about Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Civil War and the Defenses of Washington, and blog posts for the Emerging Civil War. Phan holds a master’s degree in American History from Middle Tennessee State University.

Encore Learning members will be invited to a Sept. 20 walking tour of some of the sites Phan will describe during this talk.

Directions: Arlington Central Library is located at 1015 N Quincy Street between Washington Boulevard and Fairfax Drive. Parking is free at the library or take Metro to either Ballston or Virginia Square on the Silver and Orange lines.

Co-sponsored by Encore Learning and the Arlington Public Library.


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