Fort Saratoga

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Fort Saratoga (1861-1865) - A Union U.S. Civil War Fort established in 1861 in Northeast Washington DC. Named Fort Saratoga in G.O. 18, 30 Sep 1861. The fort was abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Fort Thayer and Fort Saratoga Map

History of Fort Saratoga

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

Established in August 1861 as a lunette with a stockaded gorge and a perimeter of 154 yards and emplacements for eight guns. Fort Saratoga was situated between Fort Bunker Hill and Fort Thayer in the defensive ring around Washington DC.

A 17 May 1864 report from the Union Inspector of Artillery noted the following: "Fort Saratoga, Capt. Andrew Fagan commanding.–Garrison, withdrawn; works guarded by Battery H, First Pennsylvania Artillery, from Camp Barry–1 ordnance-sergeant. Armament, six 32-pounder barbette, one 8-inch siege howitzer, one Coehorn mortar. Magazines, one; dry and in good condition. Ammunition, full supply and serviceable. Implements, complete and serviceable."

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

Current Status

No remains, no markers.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 531855


Location: Near 18th St. & Jackson St. in Northeast Washington DC.

Maps & Images

Lat: 38.92944 Long: -76.97833

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