Return of Special Orders 191
Contact: Tracy Evans, 301-662-3515
Join Monocacy National Battlefield as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Maryland Campaign with "Return of Special Orders 191" special event and exhibit.
On September 9, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee issued special orders to his commanders while camped on the Best Farm, present day Monocacy National Battlefield. One of the orders was lost by a Confederate then found several days later in a nearby field by Union soldiers. Known to history as "the lost orders," the information it contained gave Union General George B. McClellan valuable information about the intentions and movements of the Confederate Army, ultimately forcing Lee into battles at South Mountain and Antietam.
The mystery surrounding the loss and finding of the orders and its significance have sparked interested since the Civil War. The exhibit will unravel some of the mystery and provide a glimpse of the rarely viewed document.
August 1 - October 31, 2012
August 4, 2012
3:00 p.m. - Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD
All event, exhibits, and programs are free to the public.
The park visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Trails are open until dusk. 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.