Washington was an armed camp during the Civil War and many of its significant military sites remain in good order. This is a can’t miss journey for Civil War buffs or those with an interest in 19th century military history.
Visit Fort Stevens where President Lincoln came under fire from General Jubal Early’s Confederate forces. Next it’s onto The Lincoln Cottage, The Camp David of its day. Lunch will be provided at the Fort Myer Officer’s Club or Army Navy Country Club. Begin the afternoon at the Custis-Lee Mansion at Arlington, home of Robert E. Lee when he resigned his commission in the Union Army. Next visit Lee’s Boyhood Home, the site of the first Civil War casualties, and Fort Ward, the most intact of the 68 defensive forts that surrounded Washington during the Civil War. Note: The Custis-Lee Mansion will be closed for repairs from November 2016 through November 2017.
Fun Fact!: The Battle of Fort Stevens was the only battle ever to take place within the boundaries of the District of Columbia and the only battle where a sitting US President came under fire.