Monocacy National Battlefield. Basic information for visitors to the Monocacy National Battlefield

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Monocacy National Battlefield.   Basic information for visitors to the Monocacy National Battlefield In central Maryland, near Frederick

Monocacy National Battlefield In central Maryland, near Frederick

 

Known as the "Battle that Saved Washington," the Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864, was the last Confederate attempt to carry the Civil War into the north. Although Confederate General Jubal A. Early defeated the Union forces under Major General Lew Wallace, the latter commanders effort delayed Early long enough to marshal a successful defense of Washington, DC. The site was authorized as Monocacy National Military Park in 1934, with no land acquisition until 1976, when the name was changed to Monocacy National Battlefield.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Auto touring battlefield, hiking, viewing electric map orientation program. Facilities: Visitor center, hiking trail. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Ranger-led programs (Memorial Day-Labor Day); living-history programs and special events (monthly, Apr.-Aug.). Tips & Hints: Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FEES, HOURS, & REGULATIONS

 

Free. Leashed pets only. No hunting or relic collecting. No bikes on trail. Visitor center open Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-4:30, Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8:30-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

2 mi south of Frederick via Rte. 355; from 1-270, take Exit 26 at Ur-bana and follow Rte. 80 east to Rte. 355 north, then proceed about 4 mi to battlefield on right. From 1-70, take Exit 54 (Market St., Rtes. 85 and 355) and follow Rte. 355 south about 4 mi to battlefield on left. Closest airports: Washington, DC (Dulles, 45 mi) and (Reagan, 50 mi).

 

CONTACTS

 

Monocacy National Battlefield (4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704, tel. 301/662-3515, fax 301/662—3420,). Tourism Council of Frederick County (19 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701, tel. 301/228-2888 or 800/999-3613).

 

Monocacy National Battlefield.   Basic information for visitors to the Monocacy National Battlefield In central Maryland, near Frederick