Fort Lincoln Cemetery has ties with historic military events, including the War of 1812 and the Civil War. During the War of 1812, Commodore Joshua Barney led a valiant holding action during the Battle of Bladensburg, against British troops intent on burning the nation's capital. During this battle, for the first time in the nation's history, the president, members of his cabinet, and other high-ranking government officials were on the field directing troop movements. In addition, the remains of Battery Jameson, a link in the Union defenses built to protect the capital city from attack by the Confederacy, fell within the cemetery grounds. Records show that President Abraham Lincoln met there with high-ranking officers of the army to discuss strategy.
Although not officially established until 1921, Fort Lincoln Cemetery is known for its design and architecture. A staggering 178.4 acres, it is divided into a series of garden rooms with its graves sitting upon rolling hills. Besides historic plaster work on the Cloister Sanctuary and Little Chapel, The Durable Restoration Company will be restoring the cemetery's magnificent mahogany doors. The Battery Jameson's undercarriage and the Liberty Bell's headworks will both be historically replicated and replaced.
Our sister organization, The Durable Slate Company, will repair Fort Lincoln Cemetery's clay tile roof.