Company K, third Massachusetts heavy artillery, in Fort Stevens, 1865
Washington was no longer in danger when this photograph was taken, and the company is taking its ease with small arms stacked--three rifles held together by engaging the shanks of the bayonets.
This is the usual way of disposing of rifles when the company is temporarily dismissed for any purpose.
If the men are to leave the immediate vicinity of the stacks, a sentinel is detailed to guard the arms.
The Third Massachusetts Heavy Artillery was organized for one year in August, 1864, and remained in the defenses of Washington throughout their service, except for Company I, which went to the siege of Petersburg and maintained the pontoon bridges.|