Redoubt No. 3 - Fort Ramsay

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Title

Redoubt No. 3 - Fort Ramsay

Subject

Engineering Drawing of Fort Cass (Fort Ramsay)

Description

Plan, section & armament of Fort Cass (Fort Ramsay). Drawn from measurement taken Oct. 4 & 15, 1861. Originally named Fort Ramsay in August of 1861, it was later changed to Fort Cass by direct order of General George McClellan in the fall of 1861. The name Fort Ramsay was transferred to a fort constructed on Upton's Hill, Virginia near Falls Church.

* From "Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington," by Benjamin Franklin Cooling III and Walton H. Owen II:

Named for Colonel Thomas Cass, of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry that constructed the fort. Built in August 1861, it was first named Fort Ramsay. It was one in a line of lunettes on Arlington Heights defending the approaches to the Aqueduct Bridge (near the site of the present day Key Bridge). The fort stood on present day Fort Myer, on Forest Circle. No visible remains.

Its perimeter extended 288 yards with 12 gun emplacements. Armament included four 24-pdr guns, three 6-pdr guns, five 20-pdr Parrott rifles, and one 24-pdr Coehorn mortar.

Creator

War Department. Office of the Chief of Engineers

Source

National Archives at College Park - Cartographic (RDSC)
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 301-837-3200
Fax: 301-837-3622
Email: carto@nara.gov

Publisher

National Archives

Date

Oct. 4 & 15, 1861

Rights

Unrestricted

Format

jpeg

Language

English

Identifier

File Unit: Drawer 169, 1818 - 1941
Series: Fortifications Map File Plans of Military Forts, 1818 - 1941
Record Group 77: Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1789 - 1999

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

drawing

Files

redoubte no. 3 (fort ramsay).jpg

Geolocation

Date Added
September 11, 2021
Collection
Drawings
Item Type
Still Image
Tags
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Citation
War Department. Office of the Chief of Engineers, “Redoubt No. 3 - Fort Ramsay,” Mapping the Civil War in Arlington, accessed January 24, 2022, http://mtcwia.com/items/show/232.