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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 via mobile

A wonderful small battlefield with rich history, six hiking trails and military re-enactments. The grounds are clean, great sight lines, and a friendly and welcoming visitor enter. Check the events calendar prior to arriving to assure a Ranger can provide a tour or a hike.

Thank David P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The site has free parking and admission. In the visitor center, the Rangers are friendly and helpful. There is general information about the civil war and specific information about the Battle of Monocacy. From the second floor you can overlook the battlefield. In an hour...More

Thank ransom007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped at the Monocacy National Battlefield on my way from on a recent trip. The battle is known as the battle that saved Washington, DC in July 1864. While the Union forces lost the battle, the Southern forces were not able to hold the...More

Thank Ronald B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Monocacy is essentially three different sites with some great trails around the three battlefields. You drive to each section and then hike around. Each has short and easy hikes where there are interpretive signs to tell you all about the battle. The Visitor Center is...More

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was so hot on July 4th....but we decided to visit the battlefield. The museum/visitor center is well laid out and informative. The driving tour was perfect for a hot day, even with the short forays out of the air conditioned car to explore at...More

Thank Mfclingan
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Even if you're not "into" the Civil War this is a place highly recommended to visit, as the museum does a wonderful job explaining Monacacy's relevance to saving the Union, and by extension, enabling a current day America. As others have noted, I was not...More

Thank 76desert
Reviewed 22 August 2018

This was the location of a very short battle credited with saving Washington from falling into Confederate hands near the end of the Civil War, July, 1864. Great herosim of vastly outnumbered and hasitly assembled Union troops slowed down Jubil Earlie's army just enough for...More

Thank Skipper090
Reviewed 5 August 2018

With all of the battles in the Civil War, who ever heard of this one ? However, this was the battle that "saved Washington, DC". Mind you, the Union army was defeated here, but they delayed the Confederate troops from going to Washington DC, and...More

1  Thank Nprus
Reviewed 5 August 2018

The exhibits and artifacts on display were well maintained from the era. We took a self-guided driving tour which was ~6 miles long. Viewing the Worthington Farm & House and the Best House were the highlights of driving tour. Just be aware that the tour...More

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 1 August 2018

At last, a National Park Service Visitor Center and battlefield lands (post 1991) to explain the Battle of Monocacy, which held off the Confederate capture of Washington, DC, by delaying them one day. A smaller and less important battle than Antietam and Gettysburg, but still...More

1  Thank mrsagf
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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.