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Monocacy National Battlefield

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Address: 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD
Phone Number: (301) 662-3515
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This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates...

This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates in 1864. Although it's seen as a confederate victory, this advance on Washington, D.C. was brought to a hault by the forces led by Major General Lew Wallace, U.S. Army.

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Surprisingly Important History

This is one of those places that's not at the top of a Civil War lecture series. Historians know about this, but it's not something that brings in droves of people like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Oak Ridge, North Carolina, United States
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Oak Ridge, North Carolina, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of those places that's not at the top of a Civil War lecture series. Historians know about this, but it's not something that brings in droves of people like Gettysburg or Appomattox. However, the battlefiled is every bit as important and it's presented extremely well by the NPS staff. I was pleasantly surprised at how this site... More 

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Novi, Michigan
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28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I can't say much that other reviewers haven't already--this is a great (and under appreciated!) Civil War site very close to the beautiful town of Frederick. The museum is well-done and engaging for all ages, and the driving tour is easy to follow and has some nice areas to explore on foot. It's close to lots of other Civil War... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I've been to the Monocacy Battlefield several times over the years. there is always something new to learn. If you are planning to go, take a quick look at a map so that you can see how it figures into the geography at the time and where the Confederate troops were traveling.

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York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We learned that the Battle of Monocacy is credited with saving Washington, DC. The tour was very much worth the time it took (about 2 hours to view the museum and walk the trail to the junction.)

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Thank Joel S
Portland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This Battlefield is located at Frederick, MD and was a battle in which Union Gen. Lew Wallace was defeated by Confederate Gen Jubal Early (only Confederate victory in the North) but gained time for the North to fortify Washington DC. The visitor's Center has quite a bit of information and a nice map of the Battlefield. There is no cost... More 

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Salisbury, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Monocacy is a beautiful park with historic buildings and wandering trails. The parks employees were helpful and courteous. The gravel roads were a temptation to my adventurous nature, but not so good for my wheelchair bound wife. You can see a lot from a distance here and it is pretty small but they have a lot of history here, more... More 

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Flemington, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Darling little place- staff is fantastically friendly and helpful, exhibits are modern and very well done. Worth a stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit. Driving needed to go to different sites but not far from visitor center; gravel roads. Visitor center and staff: well kept and very friendly.

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Pikesville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

If you're in the area and interested in Civil War history, this battlefield is quite significant. The museum is well organized and nicely presented. I only wish that the Federal Park service had more funding so that there could be more battlefield guided tours.

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Milton, Delaware
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

No one except historians and locals know much about the Battle of Monocacy Junction in 1864. But this unmemorable battle, perhaps as much as Gettysburg, saved the Union. In 1864, Grant had a stranglehold on Richmond. To get some relief, Lee sent Gen. Jubal Early, with perhaps HALF of Lee's armies, up into Maryland with the tactic to penetrate, if... More 

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