Battery Reno

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Battery Reno (1862-1866) - A Union U.S. Civil War earthworks gun battery established in 1862 in Northwest Washington DC. Battery abandoned in 1866 after the end of the war.

Fort Reno and Battery Reno Trace Overlaid on Current Streets

History of Battery Reno

One of the ring of Union fortifications surrounding Washington DC during the U.S. Civil War, see Washington DC Fort Ring.

Established in 1862 as an earthworks gun battery with emplacements for seven guns. The battery was built to better cover the area north of Fort Reno (1) and was connected to that fort with rifle trenches and a covert way guarded by gun emplacements. The battery itself was an enclosed work with a magazine and mounted seven 20 pounders.

Fort Reno & Battery Reno Detailed Plan

A 17 May 1864 report from the Union Inspector of Artillery noted the following: "Fort (sic Battery) Reno, Capt. S. E. Jones commanding.–Garrison, one company Seventh New York Heavy Artillery– 5 commissioned officers, 1 ordnance-sergeant, 149 men. Armament, seven 20-pounder Parrotts. Magazines, one; dry and in good order. Ammunition, full supply and serviceable. Implements, complete and serviceable. Drill in artillery, indifferent; wants improving. Drill in infantry, very indifferent; but little attention seems to have been given to it. Discipline, deficient. Garrison is of sufficient strength."

The battery was abandoned in 1866 after the end of the war.

Current Status

No remains, mentioned on the nearby Fort Reno Markers.

USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 531009

Location: Fort Reno Park, Tenleytown, Northwest Washington DC.

Maps & Images

Lat: 38.95583 Long: -77.0775

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  • Elevation: 390'

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Visited: 26 May 2013

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