October 17, 2020
Glenn Fatzinger, co-chair of the Mount Vernon Regional Historical Society, recounted the fort's history.
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By 1865, Fort Willard was southernmost of 68 forts and 93 batteries armed with over 800 cannons protecting Washington.
In 1862 and 1863, at the apex of today’s Belle Haven community, Union soldiers at Fort Willard were on the lookout for enemies coming up the Potomac River or approaching along Accotink Turnpike.