The Battle of Fort Stevens was over. Washington had been saved. The forts that defended the nation’s capital had served their purpose. As with any other battle, injuries and deaths occurred. After all Southern forces had fled the area, the grim duty of collecting the wounded and dead began. Forty of the Union soldiers who died on the battlefield were placed to rest just a few blocks north of Fort Stevens. President Lincoln himself came to the burial of these brave men and dedicated their resting place as hallowed ground. Located at 6625 Georgia Avenue NW, Battleground National Cemetery is one of the nation’s smallest National Cemeteries and is open for visits and self-guided tours during daylight hours.
Return to the wayside sign where you began. Hit NEXT when you arrive.