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114-0002-0004 Fort Monroe: Quarters #1

Fort Monroe: Quarters #1
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 06/17/2010

NRHP Listing Date 03/28/2011

NRHP Reference Number 10000583

Fort Monroe‘s Quarters 1, built in 1819 before the completion of the fortification walls, was the first permanent structure erected by the Army at the fort. The Federal-style building was originally the home and office of Col. Charles Gratiot, the chief engineer in charge of the fort’s construction. For many years it was the post’s largest residence, and home to the highest-ranking officer on post. Among the many important decisions made by military leaders who have resided there, the most significant may have been Union Gen. Benjamin F. Butler’s 1861 declaration, during early stages of the Civil War, that runaway slaves were “contrabands” of war. The list of leaders who have either resided or stayed at Quarters 1 on Fort Monroe includes Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette, President Abraham Lincoln, and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: June 30, 2022