Battery Rossell

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Battery Rossell (1861-1865) - A Union U.S. Civil War Battery established in 1861 in Northwest Washington DC. Named Battery Rossell in G.O. 83, 1 Apr 1863, after Major Nathan B. Rossell, 3rd U.S. Infantry, who was killed 27 Jun 1862, at the battle of Gaines' Mill, Virginia. Battery abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

History of Battery Rossell

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

Established in 1861 as an enclosed work with a magazine, occupied an important position on the right of Fort Reno, recommended to be armed with two field howitzers, 24 or 32 pounders, and four 12 pounder field guns.

The battery was abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Current Status

No remains, no markers.

USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 531010

Location: Fessenden Street and Connecticut Ave in Northwest Washington DC. Map point is approximate.

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Lat: 38.95457 Long: -77.06956

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  • Elevation: 310'

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