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Monocacy National Battlefield

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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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4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704-7307
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Was not aware of this battle before visiting Frederick. It was too cold to wander around the site the day I visited, but the visitor center had a very good description of the battle and several items for the battle and time frame. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jane K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One building visitors center with a few cannons. The displays and audio descriptions were interesting. We did not do the driving self-guided tour. Two of our group got bored quickly. This is no Gettysburg, a one day battle.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

It’s been several months since my visit so some details are blurry. There was a small,but very nice visitors center. The upstairs had very nice displays. The people working/volunteering there were nice and helpful. It’s basically one battle during the Civil War so it’s best...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mekopp
Reviewed 24 December 2018 via mobile

Interesting visitors center and grounds about a lesser known, but crucial battle from the civil war. The whole 2nd floor is an interactive exhibit and signs are laid out looking at things, explaining what happened where you are looking at Several exhibits show the time...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 15 November 2018

If you have been to Fredericksburg, Antietam or Gettysburg, Monocacy may not meet you expectations. The Visitor Center is very well done and the rangers there were helpful and informative. Explanation of the R.L. Lee's lost orders was excellent. There are very few battlefield markers....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Parvo24
Reviewed 11 November 2018

The Battle of the Monocacy wasn't one of the epic battles of the American Civil War, as far as numbers. To me, it was an important one in that had the Federals not held up Jubal Early's Confederates long enough, they well may have at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank magon121254
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Excellent visitor's center with engaging interpretive displays. I recommend to anyone interested in Civil War.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jon W C
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Very interesting and educational, location of the civil war battle that saved Washington DC from invasion by southern troops even though technically the northern troops lost the battle. We only did the visitor center but it's possible to hike the area as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cmanofcape
Reviewed 29 October 2018

The Visitor Center's exhibit really helps you understand how the events that happened at Monocacy influenced the Civil War. You also get to see the human side of the events, as they discuss the experiences of the families who lived on the farms where the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rebecca S
Reviewed 28 October 2018

This is a small battlefield (not as big or well known as Antietam, Gettysburg, etc) but the information is well presented and quite interesting. Don't go if you need to see lots of monuments and big name stops on the auto-tour. You're not going to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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15 June 2018|
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Response from NiallMulrine | Reviewed this property |
Get a train from DC to Frederick and get Uber out. To be honest from center of town it's only 2.5 mile at the most
4 June 2017|
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Response from CHARLES A | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely NO need for a SUV. The Park HQ & Museum is asphalt. If you want to drive to a particular house the road is gravel and NO SUV is necessary.