Reproduction gate of Fort Ward stands on the site of the original; the gorge or rear earthen wall would've abutted the wooden gate on either side. The Fort Ward Museum Standing outside the remains of earthen Fort Ward, probably the best restored, maintained and interpreted fort within the system of Washington defenses, is this reproduction of a headquarters building of the typical picket post construction of these essentially temporary military structures. The building serves as the visitor center for Fort Ward, which is now owned and maintained by the city of Alexandria, Virginia. Within the visitor center is an excellent museum featuring generic displays of soldier life as well as those specific to the Washington defenses and Fort Ward itself, like that above. Many of the items on display were originally part of the superb collection of collector, expert, and author Francis A. Lord, whose several volumes on Civil War artifacts are indispensable; I recognized several of them. The armchair at right above is one of the set used in the Capitol for wartime legislators. These are artifacts relating to the life of the common Union soldier of the war; note especially the segmented armor breastplate of the kind many deluded souls wore to the First Battle of Bull Run. The uniform displayed at left is a reproduction of that worn by members of the so-called heavy artillery regiments that normally garrisoned the forts and batteries in the Washington defenses. The case at right contains original artillery artifacts and implements. Below, in a hallway was another surprise, an original V Corps brigade headquarters pennant or guidon.