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The Civil War Defenses in Northwest Washington, 1861-65
Speaker: Gary Thompson
Our neighborhoods were once filled with thousands of Union troops in and around the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and for a few days in July 11-12, 1864, attacking Rebel troops as well. This presentation, rich with maps and photos, will explain what happened here during the Civil War, with a particular focus on the stretch of fortifications from Fort Reno over to Fort Totten.
Gary Thompson is a co-founder and the current President of the non-profit Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington. He is an avid student of the defenses, a dynamic speaker on the topic, and also a reenactor of Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace, “Savior of Washington” from the Battle of Monocacy. Gary has lived in Chevy Chase DC for almost 30 years, 8 years on the ANC, and when he doesn’t have his nose in a Civil War history book, either practices law or runs in Rock Creek Park.
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