Tuesday, March 31, 2015

31 March 1801 A.D. US Marine Barracks, 8th & I Streets: President Jefferson and USMC Commandant Ride on Horseback to Pick Location

31 March 1801 A.D. US Marine Barracks, 8th & I Streets: President Jefferson and USMC Commandant Ride on Horseback to Pick Location



31 March 1801: On this date, LtCol Commandant William W. Burrows rode with president Thomas Jefferson to look for "a proper place to fix the Marine Barracks on." President Jefferson was a personal friend of the Commandant, and deeply interested in the welfare of the Corps and accompanied Burrows on horseback on the morning of 31 March. They chose a square in Southeast Washington, bounded by 8th and 9th streets, and a & I streets, because it lay near the Navy Yard and was within easy marching distance of the Capitol.

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