Rock Creek Park
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
LocationDistrict of Columbia, USA
Nearest cityWashington, D.C.
Coordinates38°57′45.60″N 77°3′2.40″W / 38.962667°N 77.050667°W / 38.962667; -77.050667Coordinates: 38°57′45.60″N 77°3′2.40″W / 38.962667°N 77.050667°W / 38.962667; -77.050667
Area2,820.34 acres (11.41 km²)
Governing bodyNational Park Service

Fort DeRussy was an American Civil War-era fortification constructed in 1861 as part of the defenses of Washington, D.C..

It participated in the Battle of Fort Stevens, contributing a large amount of cannon fire in the course of that battle. Today, the grounds of the fort are administered by the U.S. National Park Service as part of Rock Creek Park in the northern portion of the District of Columbia. The site is easily reached on foot from Military Road, so-called because it connected the ring of defensive installations around the capital. On the northern slopes below the fort itself, it is still possible to trace the lines of infantry trenches that protected the fort.


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