The Civil War Battle that Saved Washington, D.C.

In the summer of 1864, General Jubal Early led Confederate forces toward Washington, D.C. and threatened to capture the capital city. On July 9, Union troops under General Lew Wallace met Early's army at Monocacy Junction. At Monocacy National Battlefield, visitors can experience this and other stories of the past in a landscape that has changed little since the 19th century.

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Artillery Firing

Come to the Park!

Special events make Monocacy a special place to visit in 2015. Explore living history encampments, enjoy musical concerts, and much more.

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The Surrender by Keith Rocco

"The Final Shots of the War"

Explore pivotal events surrounding the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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Junior Ranger Patch

Junior Ranger Day!

Junior Rangers "Find Your Park" on April 25! Play period games, dress in Civil War period clothes and fall into ranks as soldiers.

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YCC Works at Monocacy

Summer Work for Youth

Monocacy National Battlefield, in Frederick County, Maryland, is currently recruiting for its 2015 Youth Conservation Corps crew.

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Archeologists at Best Farm Slave Village

A Cruel Institution

In 2010 and 2011, archeologists excavated the site of a large slave village at the Best Farm. In 1800, it was home to 90 enslaved individuals.

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