Prelude to Antietam
Contact: Tracy Evans, 301-662-3515
Contact: Brett Spaulding, 301-662-3515
The first Confederate invasion of the North occurred in September of 1862. Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia camped on the outskirts of Frederick in the fields that make up today's Monocacy National Battlefield. After Lee's army moved west, Union General George McClellan's army moved toward Frederick and discovered the famous lost copy of Special Orders 191, which led to the battles of South Mountain and Antietam.
You are invited on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 & 9, to experience a Confederate encampment and attend programs by park rangers and a living historian portraying General D. H. Hill. The camp will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. General Hill will provide programs at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. A special program on Special Orders No. 191 will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Thomas House. Seating is limited at the Thomas House and the doors open at 12:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. All programs and activities are FREE.
On Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m., local author John W. Schildt will speak on "Frederick's Role in the 1862 Maryland Campaign." The program is FREE and will be held at the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ on 15 W. Church Street in Frederick. For more information call 301-662-3515.
Did You Know?
The "Y" at Monocacy Junction, completed in 1830, allows trains to turn around. It was the first of its kind in the United States, and is still in use today.