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Behind These Walls
Functioning as a Union Stronghold
Defense

At the start of the Civil War, the Commandant of the Navy Yard mobilized all of the available forces—about 350 Marines, sailors, and volunteers—and hastily established key locations to protect the nation's capital. Additional Union troops arrived in April of 1861. Many of these troops were initially quartered behind these walls.
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