The battle of Fort Ward

MARC FISHER: A Tale of Two Communities, And of How the Tale Gets ToldThe Post

With its rolling lawns and secluded glens, Fort Ward looks like a lovely place to take a walk. Turns out, it’s far more than a park in Alexandria — it’s one history sacrificed to make way for another, a Civil War military installation that has become a contemporary battleground over whose story gets told.

Occasionally, I take my son for a stroll through Fort Ward Park, located not far from my condo, but I have not yet explored any of the history there. As Fisher points out, different eras are in conflict over what the park is, was and should be.

Also, I kind of like that both my current and former (Pentagon City) neighborhoods were occupied by Union troops during the Civil War.

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