Fort Williams (Virginia)
|Part of the Civil War defenses of Washington, D.C.|
Fort Williams located in the backyard of 212 Quaker Lane in Alexandria, Virginia
|Controlled by||Union Army|
|Built by||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Fort Williams was named for Thomas Williams who was killed at Baton Rouge on August 5, 1862.
Built in the weeks following the Union defeat at Bull Run, Fort Williams was situated on north of Hunting Creek and Cameron Run, (which feeds into it), near Vaucluse. From its position on Quaker Lane, one of the points west of Alexandria, the fort overlooked the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, the Little River Turnpike, and the western approaches to the city of Alexandria which is the largest settlement in Union-occupied Northern Virginia.
The Fort is now located in the backyard of a property in the Seminary Ridge neighborhood. Portions are also included in a 7.80 acres (31,600 m2) Alexandria, Virginia city park, at 501 Fort Williams Parkway.
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- Parks E-H | Recreation | City of Alexandria, VA
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- Fort Williams Park - City of Alexandria