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 Andrew Fagan commanding.–Garrison, withdrawn; works guarded by Battery H, First Pennsylvania Artillery, from Camp Barry–1 ordnance-sergeant.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.
No remains, no markers.
USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 531855
- Cooling, Benjamin F. III and Owen, Valton H. II, Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington, Scarecrow Press, 2009, ISBN 0810863073, ISBN 9780810863071, 334 pages.
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 138.
- NPS Civil War Defenses of Washington - Appendix E: General Reports About the Defenses