However, there are still traces, some more pronounced than others, of this wartime legacy within Washington DC, Alexandria, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties. One such place is trace remains of Fort Richardson, which now shares its ideal strategic high ground, quite fittingly with the ninth hole green of the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia.
|"Playing Through?" The Army Navy Country Club's golf course contains visible remnants of Fort Richardson's parapets and ditches. Apparently, golfers only encounter it when an approach shot is shanked or hooked. (Author's photo)|
General John Barnard, the Chief Engineer of the Defenses of Washington, described Fort Richardson as occupying a very commanding position: "It is small, but well built, well armed, and amply provided with bomb-proofs and magazines. The ravines in front will be seen by the rifle-trenches in construction. A rifled 100-pounder is being placed in this work, which will sweep a sector from Fort Ellsworth to Fort DeKalb.
|Wartime photograph of the 1rst Connecticut Artillery drilling at Fort Richardson. Not a golf bag in sight. (Courtesy Library of Congress)|
The heavy iron guns of Fort Richardson, including its 100-pounder, never fired a shot in anger. Today, the only iron in use is the the nine iron and other clubs wielded by America's military men and women and retirees on well-deserved days off.