• Monocacy National Battlefield, Best Farm

    Monocacy

    National Battlefield Maryland

150th Events - July 5 & 6

July 7 - 11 Event Schedule
July 12 & 13 Event Schedule

Saturday, July 5
Battle Orientation
Brief talks throughout the day will explore the story of the Battle of Monocacy and its impact on the course of the war. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 45 minutes.

9:00 am: How the Battle was Fought & Won
Auto tour - Participants in this two plus hour guided auto tour will visit key areas of the battlefield with noted author Gail Stephens and learn why there was a battle at Monocacy and how the battle was fought and won. We'll also explore the decisions of the generals and the individual acts of heroism on both sides in this crucial battle. Location: Meet at the Visitor Center. Length: 2 hours.

Caught in the Crossfire: Civilian Stories
On July 9, 1864, war, terrible war had come to the very hearthstones of the Worthington, Thomas and Gambrill families living around Monocacy Junction. Throughout the day, come hear the stories of these innocent victims, farmers, housewives, children and slaves, as they struggled to survive this dreadful battle. Location: Worthington House at 9:00 a.m. and Gambrill Mill at 3:30. Length: 45 minutes.

Artillery Firing Demonstration
These demonstration programs offered several times throughout the day will focus on the use of artillery during the battle of Monocacy. Location: Visitor Center and Thomas Farm. Length: 30 minutes.

10:00 am: Heroically They Charged: Gordon's Attack
Hear about the final and largest Confederate attack at the Battle of Monocacy that drove the Union Defenders from the field and secured the only undisputed victory in northern territory. An attack that lasted less than two hours and resulted in nearly 700 casualties. Location: Thomas House. Length: 90 minutes.

10:30 am: The Battle Begins
On the morning of July 9 Confederate skirmishers on the Best Farm opened fire on a Union detachment at Monocacy Junction. The Battle of Monocacy had began! Join a ranger and living historians of the 9th New York Heavy Artillery for a hike to the railroad junction to experience how the infantry and artillery action on the Best Farm contributed to the successful Union delaying tactic. Location: Visitor Center to Junction. Length: 2 hours.

11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm: Hands-On Kids Artillery Demonstration
Join a cannon crew! Volunteers will practice all the steps involved in loading and firing the big guns. Learn about the equipment and ammunition used by the artillery at the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 30 minutes.

Cavalry at Monocacy
These demonstrations offered several times throughout the day will focus on the role of cavalry during the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Worthington Farm. Length: 30 minutes.

11:00 am & 2:00 pm: Monocacy: The B&O Railroad's Battle
Join noted Maryland author Daniel Carroll Toomey and learn how the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad helped save Washington, D.C in the summer of 1864. Location: Best Stone Barn. Length: 45 minutes.

12:00 pm: A Brave Spectacle
Hike the 1.6 mile Worthington Farm Ford Loop Trail with a ranger and cavalry living historians to learn about the battle action. Location: Worthington Farm. Length: 2 hours.

12:30 pm: The Wildcat Regiment Band Concert
Come listen to and enjoy the Quicksteps, ballads, overtures, and marches played by the Wildcat Regiment Band. These are the same musical pieces that once touched the lives of soldiers and civilians, providing comfort, encouragement and a spirit of patriotism. Location: Best Stone Barn. Length: 1 hour.

1:00 pm: Treating the Wounded *
Although the Battle of Monocacy was not a large battle, it was a hard fought one. Following the battle the dead and wounded lay scattered over the farm fields. Come learn about the care of wounded after a battle from Dr. John Rathgeb. Location: Gambrill Mill. Length: 45 minutes.

Infantry Firing Demonstration
These demonstrations offered several times throughout the day will focus on the use of infantry tactics during the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Visitor Center and Thomas Farm. Length: 30 minutes.

2:00 pm: The Monocacy Regiment: Garden State Warriors of the 14th New Jersey
On July 9, 1864, the 14th New Jersey fought gallantly at the Battle of Monocacy to save the National Capital. Join a park ranger and living historians portraying the 14th New Jersey to learn about their service to the country and how they obtained distinction as "The Monocacy Regiment." Location: Meet behind Thomas House. Length: 45 minutes.

3:00 pm: Men of Blood & Iron: Monocacy Commanders *
This 30 minute presentation will relate the stories of some of the commanders who made history at Monocacy on July 9, 1864. Noted author Gail Stephens will discuss six fascinating characters; Generals Jubal Early. Lew Wallace, James Ricketts, John B. Gordon and John McCausland, and Lt. George Davis, who received the Medal of Honor for his courage at Monocacy. Location: Thomas House. Length: 30 minutes.

4:00 pm: Uncommon Valor: Medal of Honor
Come take a leisurely stroll on the grounds of the historic Gambrill Mill. See where the location of the all-important bridges that spanned the Monocacy River. Hear about the heroic actions of two Union soldiers and learn about our country's highest award for valor. Location: Gambrill Mill. Length: 30 minutes.

6:00 pm: Soldier's Stories – Evening Vignettes
Stroll through downtown Frederick to experience a series of vignettes that tell personal stories of soldiers and civilians for the Battle of Monocacy. Location: 124 North Market Street.

Sunday, July 6
Battle Orientation
Brief talks throughout the day will explore the story of the Battle of Monocacy and its impact on the course of the war. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 45 minutes.

9:00 am: Uncommon Valor: Medal of Honor
Come take a leisurely stroll on the grounds of the historic Gambrill Mill. See where the location of the all-important bridges that spanned the Monocacy River. Hear about the heroic actions of two Union soldiers and learn about our country's highest award for valor. Location: Gambrill Mill. Length: 30 minutes.

10:00 am: Treating the Wounded *
Although the Battle of Monocacy was not a large battle, it was a hard fought one. Following the battle the dead and wounded lay scattered over the farm fields. Come learn about the care of the wounded after a battle from Dr. John Rathgeb. Location: Gambrill Mill. Length: 45 minutes.

Artillery Firing Demonstration
These demonstration programs offered several times throughout the day will focus on the use of artillery during the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Visitor Center and Thomas Farm. Length: 30 minutes.

Caught in the Crossfire: Civilian Stories
On July 9, 1864, war, terrible war had come to the very hearthstones of the Worthington, Thomas and Gambrill families living around Monocacy Junction. Throughout the day come hear the stories of these innocent victims, farmers, housewives, children and slaves, as they struggled to survive this dreadful battle. Location: Worthington House at 10:00 a.m. and Gambrill Mill at 4:00 p.m. Length: 45 minutes.

10:00 am & 2:00 pm: Monocacy: the B&O Railroad's Battle
Join noted Maryland author Daniel Carroll Toomey and learn how the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad helped save Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1864. Location: Best Stone Barn. Length: 45 minutes.

11:00 am , 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm: Hands-On Kids Artillery Demonstration
Join a cannon crew! Volunteers will practice all the steps involved in loading and firing the big guns. Learn about the equipment and ammunition used by the artillery at the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 30 minutes.

Cavalry at Monocacy
These demonstrations offered several times throughout the day will focus on the role of cavalry during the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Worthington Farm. Length: 30 minutes.

11:00 am: The Monocacy Regiment: Garden State Warriors of the 14th New Jersey
On July 9, 1864, the 14th New Jersey fought gallantry at the Battle of Monocacy to save the National Capital. Join a park ranger and living historians portraying the 14th New Jersey to learn about their service to the country and how they obtained distinction as "The Monocacy Regiment." Location: Meet behind Thomas House. Length: 45 minutes.

Infantry Firing Demonstration
These demonstrations offered several times throughout the day will focus on the use of infantry tactics during the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Visitor Center and Thomas Farm. Length: 30 minutes.

12:00 pm: A Brave Spectacle – Hike
Hike the 1.6 mile Worthington Farm Ford Loop Trail with a ranger and cavalry living historians to learn about the battle action. Location: Worthington Farm. Length: 2 hours.

12:30 pm: Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum Corps Concert
This program will explore how music was and instrumentation was used by Union and Confederate armies to communicate across the landscape, in the camps and on the field of battle. Location: Best Stone Barn. Length: 1 hour.

1:00 pm: Heroically They Charged: Gordon's Attack
Hear about the final and largest Confederate attack at the Battle of Monocacy that drove the Union Defenders from the field and secured the only undisputed victory in northern territory. An attack that lasted less than two hours and resulted in nearly 700 casualties. Location: Meet at the Thomas House. Length: 90 minutes.

3:00 pm: Men of Blood & Iron: Monocacy Commanders *
This 30 minute presentation will relate the stories of some of the commanders who made history at Monocacy on July 9, 1864. Note author Gail Stephens will discuss six fascinating characters; Generals Jubal Early, Lew Wallace, James Ricketts, John B. Gordon, and John McCausland, and Lt. George Davis who received the Medal of Honor for his courage at Monocacy. Location: Thomas House, Length: 30 minutes.

* Limited Seating

Did You Know?

Monocacy Junction, 1917

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.