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“Great Day Trip For Summer Vacation” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monocacy National Battlefield

Monocacy National Battlefield
4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD
(301) 662-3515
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Ranked #10 of 38 things to do in Frederick
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Owner description: 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.
Frederick, Maryland
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“Great Day Trip For Summer Vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Loaded up the car with my son and his friends and had a great day! My son had been there on a field trip with his class and really wanted to go back.

Visited August 2012
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Avon, Ohio
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“Nice Battlefield but Suffers from being Close to Antietam”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We visited Monocacy on a weekend in June 2012 but all of the Ranger programs for the day were cancelled as most of the staff and volunteers were at Antietam for some activities related to the 150th anniversary of that battle even though it occurred on September 17th. Nevertheless, we did enjoy our visit to this battle field where General Lew Wallace, the future author of Ben-Hur, fought a delaying engagement the "saved Washington". The battlefield is certainly not the scale of Antietam or Gettysburg (also not too far) or with nearly as many monuments but still interesting with an excellent museum on the second floor of the visitor center. Well worth a half day visit.

Visited June 2012
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Littlestown, Pennsylvania
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“Nie place to visit but small”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The Monocacy Naional Battlefield building is relatively small for museum but had some interesting displays. The fields themselves are self guided and broken into different areas. Great place to take the kids.

Visited April 2012
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Maryland
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“Small but Good Visitors Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The Monocacy National Battlefield is worth a visit, if you are truly interested in the Civil War. No, it is not Gettysburg or Antietam, but you will learn how the Union held off the Confederate advance here in 1864, and in the end saved Washington by giving the VI Corps more time to reinforce the capital. If you only have time for the Visitors Center, you will find it interesting. But if you have more time, walk the battlefield itself.

Visited November 2012
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Be among the few who know this story”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Here on what is now called the Monocacy National battlefield was fought a skirmish that changed the course of history. If a Union officer had not been dispatched to find out why the telegraph line to harper'sFerry was out, if he did not engage in a battle with Jubal Early that delayed his march on Washington,if Early had not decided to camp out instead of continuing his march,and if that time had not been successfully used by the union to get more troops to the Capitol, then in all likelihood Early would have captured Lincoln , the Federal govt. and the South would have won the war. The battle and this story is explained on site. You really get the sense of how small events have major implications as you walk around the field. A real must for Civil War history Buffs.

Visited November 2012
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