The Resource Fort Washington Expenditures Account Book

Fort Washington Expenditures Account Book

Label
Fort Washington Expenditures Account Book, 1814-1815
Title
Fort Washington Expenditures Account Book
Inclusive dates
1814-1815
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fort Washington Expenditures Account Book, 1814-1815, records expenses incurred by fort during its rebuilding including purchases of stone, nails, lumber, wheat, and lime and payments made to masons and laborers
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Described
Biographical or historical data
Fort Washington, located in Maryland, was for many decades the only defensive fort protecting Washington D.C. Construction was completed on December 1, 1809. In August 1814, with British forces in Washington (having marched overland) and British ships heading up the Potomac, the fort was destroyed by its own garrison to prevent it from being captured and occupied by the British. Twelve days after the destruction of the fort, James Monroe, the acting Secretary of War, hired Major Pierre L'Enfant to construct new defenses. In November 1814, Monroe questioned L'Enfant's actions, asking for less spending. On July 14, 1815, work was halted. Two months later, L'Enfant was replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Walker K. Armistead of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The fort was completed on October 2, 1824, at a total cost of 426,000 dollars, excluding armament, which had not yet been installed.
Cataloging source
Vi
Label
Fort Washington Expenditures Account Book
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Arlington County
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Arlington County Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001631199
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copy, Arlington County (Va.) Reel 57.
Type of unit
v.

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