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Fort Ward is the best preserved of the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington, DC during the American Civil War (1861-1865). (Courtesy photo)

Soldier-led tours of historic Fort Ward will be held on Saturday, May 19, in honor of Armed Forces Day.   Tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and last 90 minutes each.   The tours are free, and begin in the Museum.  No reservations are required.   Tours are weather dependent.

Dressed in Union uniform, Museum interpreter Kevin Moriarty will present an orientation to the Defenses of Washington and a guided tour of historic Fort Ward, one of the largest of the forts that guarded the Federal capital during the Civil War.    Learn about the fort’s history, how a Civil War fort was built, soldier life in the Washington area, and weaponry of the period.   In addition to viewing many of the fort’s preserved earthen remains, participants will visit the reconstructed Officers’ Hut, furnished as a typical quarters in the Defenses of Washington, the fort’s ceremonial entrance gate, and the fully restored Northwest bastion of the fort.

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the forts that comprised the Civil War Defenses of Washington.  The Museum offers changing exhibits, tours, and public programs throughout the year.  Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site is located at 4301 West Braddock Road.  For more information, please visit, or call 703.746.4848.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.  To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, email [email protected], or call 703.746.4848, or Virginia Relay at 711.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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