Read about the events and people who shaped the Monocacy region.

  • 1864 hand-drawn map of the battlefield at Monocacy Junction
    Battle of Monocacy

    On July 9, 1864, Union and Confederate forces clashed here at Monocacy Junction in a battle that determined the fate of the capital.

  • Archeologists sift soil and dig in the middle of a green field.
    Best Farm Slave Village

    By 1800, L'Hermitage was home to 90 enslaved laborers. It was the second largest plantation in Frederick County.

  • A rusty water pump sitting on a concrete square.
    Brief Timeline

    A brief list of significant eras and events in the battlefield's history

  • A park ranger talks with a group in Civil War period uniforms.
    Interesting Facts

    Study up on some facts for your next trivia competition.

  • Legal document recording transfer of property from John Tyler to James Marshall.
    Scottish Immigrant
    James Marshall

    In 1758, Marshall purchased of part of a large land tract known as Wett Work on the eastern bank of the Monocacy River.

  • Illustration of enslaved people in the yards around their cabins with a large house in the distance.

    The Best Farm comprises the southern 274 acres of what was once a plantation known as L'Hermitage.

  • Antietam National Battlefield Tour Map
    The Maryland Campaign

    United States and Confederate forces passed over these grounds before the Battle of Monocacy

  • A brown jug is partially exposed in the dirt. It lays next to a trowel.
    Middle Ford Ferry and Tavern

    A colonial tavern and ferry served travelers on the Georgetown Pike in the early 18th century.

  • A young, white man sits for a portrait in a Union military uniform.
    A Soldier's Story: Private George Douse

    Private George M. Douse, of Company A of the 10th Vermont Volunteer Regiment, fought in and was wounded at the Battle of Monocacy.

  • Hand written letter on crumpled discolored paper
    Special Order 191

    Gen. Robert E. Lee issued Special Order 191 while his army was camped on the Best Farm.

Last updated: August 31, 2021

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