GDG- 2/12/12 Ft Elsworth

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
Sat Jan 14 14:06:09 CST 2012

THNX John!
The place where Ward attacked on the Va shore of the Pot Rv  was a very 
important Conf Secret Service base, or that of the Torpedo  Bureau.  The S 
shore was lined with them throughout the war.  This  particular base was on the 
spy/courier route that Booth used in his  escape.   They kept the Md agents 
apprised of the events in VA among  other things.  I think it was raided a 
number of times.
Your  Most Obedient Servant,

In a message dated 1/14/2012 3:00:17 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
jgrim1941 at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
Esteemed Members

Ft. Ward was an earthen  work fort with construction beginning in July 1861
and completed that  Sept.  Restoration in 1962 has saved about 90-95% of the
entrenchments  although erosion has taken its toll.  A number of trees have
been left  in place as the root systems have done much to preserve  the
entrenchments.  Ft. Ward was named for the first Union naval  officer killed
at Mathias Point, Virginia (James H. Ward) who was mortally  wounded while
removing a small flotilla to safety, by a Confederate  sharpshooter.

2012/1/14 <CWMHTours at>

> Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
> Hi Guys-
> John Grim and I have  invited you all, family and friends down  to DC if 
> weather is  good. A couple of GDG-ers may come.
> I found this.  I  think someone sent it to me.  This  is  the view of Ft.
>  Elsworth, one of the first forts built a day or 2 after  Alexandria  was
> captured in May 61.  The view shows either the NW or NE   bastion, I am 
> sure.
> So far the response has been  underwhelming...
> John seems to be a nice guy.  Don't make  me tell him you  are not coming.
> I hope I did it  right.  You should be looking at dirt but  it is there
>  somewhere.
> ;-)
> Your  Most Obedient  Servant,
> Peter
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