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When the Civil War Came to Washington DC

On July 11 and 12 of 1864, the Civil War unexpectedly came to the Washington DC. The farmland on the northern fringe of the District (including what would shortly become Takoma Park) bore the brunt of the invasion, sometimes called simply a raid, of upwards of 10,000 Confederate troops under the command of General Jubal Early.

The Confederates had departed Richmond three weeks before, marching in scorching heat through the Shenandoah Valley, evading the Union troops at Harpers Ferry and circling through Hagerstown and Frederick to enter Montgomery County from the north. The weary men finally arrived at Ft. Stevens, guarding the edge of the nation's capital, but were too exhausted to attack on July 11. Meanwhile Union forces were scrambling to move soldiers into the fort to face the unexpected attack.

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7328 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
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Takoma Park, MD 20913

When visiting Historic Takoma, please walk, bike or take public transportation. Metered parking is available either in the City lot adjacent to the TPSS Coop, or in front of the Carroll Avenue businesses.