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Monocacy National Battlefield

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Address: 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704-7307
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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Small but worthwhile.

This isn't the largest or most elaborate battlefield park, however, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The visitors center is well-run with passionate staff. I was greeted with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2016
Nick d
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New Holland, Pennsylvania
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New Holland, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

This isn't the largest or most elaborate battlefield park, however, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The visitors center is well-run with passionate staff. I was greeted with a warm welcome and felt that the rangers at this park truly loved their jobs. There was a small event the day I went and we were treated to an informative ranger... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Not many people have ever heard of the 1864 Battle of Monocacy, much less know where it happened. This is the place to learn all about it. The museum is on the second floor of the new visitors center. It has outstanding exhibits about the battle, the people who fought and lived there, and the aftermath. It also has one... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We visited this site and didn't think we'd be very impressed but it was a good way to spend a Saturday. It was actually very good. Great upstairs area with a lot of history about the local area. The driving tour and walking tours were great as well. Highly recommended to spend the better part of the day.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

As the prospects for any sort of victory appeared to wane for the Confederacy, General Robert E Lee was being sorely pressed by Union General U. S. Grant near Petersburg, VA. A plan was devised, hopefully, to draw significant infantry away from that theater by demonstrating in eastern Maryland, even advancing on the District of Columbia itself. Lieutenant General Jubal... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

The little museum at the visitor's center was informative and set the stage well. We went the weekend commemorating the battle's anniversary so it was probably more crowded than usual. The Rangers were very friendly and helpful. The auto tour was clearly marked and I recommend listening to the audio files on the national parks website. I only wish some... More 

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Somers Point, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

We have visited Antietam, Manassas, Gettysburg, & Harper's Ferry WE came on a good day They had Civil War re-enactors We also did the auto tour

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Carlisle, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We learned a lot about a battle we had never studied before. The visitor center is excellent, especially the electric map and narrative that explains what took place. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We walked around the Gambrill Mill property and found a trail system that is very well maintained in a beautiful setting.

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Rome, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

This is a wonderful but often overlooked battlefield that played an important part of history. The ranger talk explained why this battle saved Washington DC and how the tide of events might have ended up so different If this battle hadn't taken place. The second floor has alot of great information and displays. Walk down the path to the junction... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Not far from Frederick, Md, this is an often forgotten vital part of Civil War history. The rangers are really engaging, and the upstairs of the visitor's center has a wonderful self-guided history of the fighting at Monocacy, with artifacts. Nice walks along the RR tracks. Really well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Spent a few hours here on the recommendation of someone at the Mason Dixon Welcome Center. This place is much smaller than Gettysburg and has a much smaller visitor center. But the visitor center staff was helpful in giving me a map to the major points on the self-tour. Each point allows you to stand in a field and to... More 

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