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Frankfort Civil War Round Table: The Civil War Defenses of Washington, D.C.

June 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join historian Steve T. Phan as he discusses the Civil War defenses of Washington, D.C. By 1865, Washington D.C. was surrounded. On the high hills, long ridges, and flat plateaus that encircled the capital of the United States was an elaborate system of fortifications. Now, as the Civil War approached its bloody conclusion, 68 major forts supported by 93 detached batteries mounting over 900 guns and connected by 32 miles of military roads made Washington one of the most heavily fortified cities in the world. The Defenses of Washington evolved the course of the war, expanding in size, scope, and firepower in direct response to the campaigns occurring around the city.

Steve T. Phan is a Park Ranger and serves as the Chief of Interpretation at Camp Nelson National Monument. He recently served as the historian at the Civil War Defenses of Washington. He has also worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Stones River National Battlefield, Rock Creek Park, and Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. A military history scholar of the Civil War era, Phan’s research focuses on military occupation, operational command, African American soldiers and refugees, and fortifications during the Civil War. He is the author of articles about Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Civil War and the Defenses of Washington for numerous publications. He was nominated for the National Park Service Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation in 2019 and 2020. He holds a master’s degree in American History from Middle Tennessee State University.

Please register for this in-person event. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at diane@pspl.org. Sponsored by the Frankfort Civil War Round Table, Capital City Museum, and PSPL.

Register: https://bit.ly/psplCWRTWashington


June 6
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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River Room
319 Wapping St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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