Fort Chaplin

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Fort Chaplin (1864-1865) - A Union U.S. Civil War fort established in 1864 in Southeast Washington DC. Construction began in 1864 but the fort was never fully completed or garrisoned. Named for Colonel Daniel Chaplin, First Maine Heavy Artillery, who died 20 August 1864 of wounds received at Deep Bottom, Virginia, during the U.S. Civil War. Abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Fort Chaplin Site and Marker


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

Built out as a 12 gun fortification with a perimeter of about 225 yards. Only one gun was actually emplaced, a single 24-pounder siege gun. No buildings.

Site abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Current Status

Fort Chaplin Marker Detail

Marker and Earthworks visible in Fort Chaplin Park, Southeast Washington DC.

USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 531936

Location: Fort Chaplin Park, Southeast Washington DC.

Maps & Images

Lat: 38.8891667 Long: -76.9430556

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  • Elevation: 167'

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Visited: 25 May 2013

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