RG 1: Archeological Investigation of Fort C. F. Smith, 1987
Collection NumberRG 1
HistoryFort C. F. Smith was an important part of the Civil War defenses for the City of Washington. It stood on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River near the Aqueduct Bridge on the road to Chain Bridge. Its purpose was to cut off hostile advances up the Potomac River, and was considered to be an excellent example of a semi-permanent field fort.
Scope and ContentRG 1, Archeological Investigation of Fort C. F. Smith, consists of one notebook containing the report by Engineering Science, Inc., to Arlington County, Division of Community Improvement, dated July 1987, and measures .5 linear feet. The study was conducted in cooperation with the Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board and the Arlington County Community Improvement Division. This investigation was undertaken to locate and identify any archeological artifacts, both prehistoric and historic, east of the fort on land which was to be developed.
Arrangement and DescriptionRG 1 consists of one notebook containing the narrative description of the investigation, a complete list of artifacts, photographs of some of the artifacts, a few maps and a small section describing the claim of the Jewell family for compensation for personal property after the end of the Civil War.
ProvenanceThis collection was donated to the Center for Local History in August 1989 by the Community Improvement Division of the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development.
RestrictionsThere are no research restrictions on this collection.