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Monocacy National Battlefield

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Address: 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704-7307
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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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Modern Engaging Visitor Center, 5 trail stops, Several Hiking loops, don't skip for other parks

Note: If you come from the north, the entrance will come up fast, difficult road to turn left on in traffic. No fee for entrance. The visitor center is modern and the exhibits are... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Note: If you come from the north, the entrance will come up fast, difficult road to turn left on in traffic. No fee for entrance. The visitor center is modern and the exhibits are detailed and engaging for history and non-history buffs alike. Turning in and out of stop # 2 is also difficult, due to the hill, bridge and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,778 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

The Battle of Monocacy doesn't receive the celebrity nor is it ever mentioned in the same breath as Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Antietam or Chancellorsville or Shiloh among the most significant battles of the Civil War. But the truth is the battle, fought on July 9, 1864, on the banks of the Monocacy River on Maryland State Highway 355 a few miles... More 

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Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

I had an extra day in my vacation, so decided to use it on Civil War sites in the area. The day I visited was cold, icy and foggy, so I only stopped at the historical site building. But that was OK because between the displays and the questions I had answered by staff, I experienced almost as much as... More 

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Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

We came on a whim and were pleasantly surprised. Monocacy is the final attempt of the Confederacy to attack Washington City (D.C) in 1864. It also happens to be the location of where orders by Lee were lost and later found by Union troops in 1862. The National Park Service has done an excellent job of making what seems like... More 

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Mount Airy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I been here with the kids. Staff are helpful. There is a walk/hike here and the visitor center to look through. You can do the Junior Park Ranger program here as well. The park has many different locations so you'll need to drive to each one.

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Thank Amy R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the visitors center, the exhibits and talking with the park guides. We drove through the battlefield and saw several of the original buildings that were there during the battle.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

When people think about sites to visit, this battlefield more likely does not make many list, but it should. No. It is not as popular as Gettysburg, Antietam or Manassas, but an important battle did happen here. It is a small battlefield so it does not take all day to visit.

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Owen Sound, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

We spent the morning at Antietam Battlefield then drove to Frederick to do Monocacy Battlefield on our way to Washington. We thought the museum was well done, many interactive exhibits for younger children, well written information. The driving tour is smaller with only 5 stops but it covers a nice drive, we downloaded the audio tour from the nps website.... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

outstanding and informative staff. well done small museum up stairs without spot on timeline and lightshow displays. Grounds are gorgeous with some nice walking/running trails. Very informative and humbling. Medal of Honor awarded for heroism at the rail bridge that I pass almost weekly. Awesome.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

This national park unit has quite a backstory. Here's the very short version: In 1928, Glenn Worthington, who owned a lot of the battlefield, petitioned Congress to create a National Military Park. Something similar happened with other parcels of land. But, the park wasn’t funded and officially established until 1976. There are no entrance fees at Monocacy National Battlefield. The... More 

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