• Monocacy National Battlefield, Best Farm

    Monocacy

    National Battlefield Maryland

Stories

You may use the links on this page to read a variety of stories that tell about soldiers and civilians whose lives shaped our history from settlement of the Monocacy region, through the Civil War, its aftermath, reconciliation, and commemoration.

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Skirmishers in retreat
The Battle of Monocacy

Although comparatively small in terms of the numbers of troops and casualties involved, the Battle of Monocacy was strategically important. more...
 
The Thomas Farm lane in autumn
James Marshall and the Development of the Monocacy Properties

Beginning in 1759, a wealthy Scottish merchant named James Marshall began acquiring large amounts of land on both sides of the Monocacy River. Around 1780, he constructed a large brick manor house, and by the close of the eighteenth century, James Marshall owned nearly all of the land that comprises Monocacy National Battlefield. more...
 
Best Farm secondary house at sunrise.
L'Hermitage: A French-Caribbean Plantation in Maryland

The property currently known as the Best Farm comprises the southern 274 acres of what was once a plantation known as L'Hermitage. L'Hermitage was home to the Vincendières, a family of French planters from the colony of Saint-Domingue, as well as 90 enslaved African Americans. more...
 
Private George M. Douse

A Soldier's Story: Private George M. Douse

Private George M. Douse fought in and was wounded at the Battle of Monocacy. As a member of the 10th Vermont Regiment, he was one of the skirmishers who held the approach to the bridges over the Monocacy River. Learn more about his story and his correspondence with another Monocacy veteran. more...

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Amphibians play an important role in the stability and diversity of the park's ecosystem. The American Toad is one of the many different types of amphibians that can be found while hiking some of the streamside trails at the park. More...