Fort Washington

Battery Decatur
Battery Decatur was first known as Emplacement "B". It was given the name of Battery Decatur on April 4, 1900.  It was named in honor of Commodore Stephen N. Decatur who was a Maryland native and served during the War of 1812 and the War with Tripoli.
Battery Decatur was the first modern artillery position constructed for the defense of Washington. The only protection for Washington DC, when the Spanish American War broke out, was Battery Decatur. The structure has aged so rapidly because of the inferior materials that were used: two different types of concrete and the use of river sand.
Battery Decatur’s guns were shipped off to Europe in 1917 to help fight World War I.
The Battery’s gun crews were protected by forty-five feet of concrete and 53 feet of earth while operating the guns.
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Fort Washington Park is the site of the first permanent fort constructed between 1814-1824 to guard the Potomac River.

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