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Ward 4 unveils new street named for former owner of Fort Stevens

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Elizabeth Thomas and her husband used to live on eleven acres of property that became Fort Stevens.

President Abraham Lincoln wanted to build a fort there to help Union soldiers protect DC from the Confederacy.

He promised to financially compensate her, but was unable to fulfill the promise because of his untimely death.

The Thomas family moved off the property, but remained friends with Union troops.

Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser introduced legislation to rename the 1000 block of Quackenbos at the Fort.

It is now "Elizabeth Thomas Way." Mayor Vincent Gray and DC Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton told Ward 4 residents and civil war re-enactors, who participated in the event, it is important to preserve the history.

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