Fort Wagner (2)

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Fort Wagner (2) (1861-1865) - A Union U.S. Civil War fort established in 1861 in Southeast Washington DC. Abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war. Also known as Fort Good Hope.

History of Fort Wagner

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 earthen fort with a perimeter of 166 yards and emplacements for five guns. Fort Wagner was a battery intended to sweep the valley through which the road leads up the heights.

A 17 May 1864 report from the Union Inspector of Artillery noted the following: "Fort Wagner, Lieut. Lewis R. Whittaker commanding. – Garrison, one company Twelfth Unattached Heavy Artillery, Massachusetts Volunteers–1 commissioned officer, 1 ordnance-sergeant, 32 men. Armament, three 12-pounder field guns, one 8-inch siege howitzer, one Coehorn mortar. Magazines, one; dry and serviceable. Ammunition, full supply and serviceable. Implements, complete and serviceable. Drilled but little at artillery and infantry; not much efficiency."

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

Current Status

No remains, no marker.

Location: Near Alabama Ave., Good Hope Road, and 25th Street in Southeast Washington DC.

Maps & Images

Lat: 38.86 Long: -76.96972

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  • Elevation: 279'

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