• Monocacy National Battlefield, Best Farm

    Monocacy

    National Battlefield Maryland

150th Events - July 12 & 13

July 5 & 6 Event Schedule
July 7 - 11 Event Schedule

Saturday, July 12
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, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm: Fighting for Freedom: United States Colored Troops
Monocacy National Battlefield will honor a unique facet of its history revealed through recent research. Monocacy Junction was the site of a United States Colored Troops (USCT) recruiting station in 1863. The battlefield will commemorate the bravery of those who joined the ranks of the Union Army through living history programs. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 45 minutes.

10:00 am: The Revolution is Complete: Emancipation in Maryland *
In November 1864, over a year after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 80,000 slaves in Maryland were finally freed. This talk by noted author Gail Stephens will explore how the efforts of Lincoln, Maryland Union commander General Lew Wallace, Maryland politicians and those most affected, Maryland slaves, all combined to make this happen. Location: Thomas House. Length: 45 minutes.

10:00 am & 2:00 pm: Archeological Stories of a Slave Village
On July 9, 1864 the Best Farm was the scene of fighting during the Battle of Monocacy. However, from 794 - 1827 the land was part of a much larger farm named L'Hermitage, which in 1800 was the home of 90 enslaved men, women and children. Learn what archeological research shows life was like for these enslaved people. Location: Best Farm. Length: 45 minutes.

12:30 pm: Ampersand Concert
Enjoy songs and tunes from the Civil War era from the porch of the Gambrill House. Ampersand interprets music from the folk and old-time American traditions on modern instruments with treasured songs and lively instrumentals. Location: Gambrill House front porch. Length: 1 hour.

1:00 pm: Recruiting Maryland Colored Troops
Unlike most Union States, Maryland had the distinction of still being a slave state until November 1864. When the call came for colored troops in 1863, recruiters had to be careful not to initially recruit slaves. Find out how this was handled, the recourse that Maryland slave owners had and the hardships that colored troops encountered. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 45 minutes.

4:00 pm: U.S. Colored Troops – Wreath Laying Ceremony
We will gather at Laboring Sons Memorial Grounds in Frederick for a brief wreath laying ceremony to honor the United Sates Colored Troops soldiers who were buried at this location. Location: Laboring Sons Memorial Grounds (Chapel Alley between Fifth & Sixth Streets). Parking is limited, car pooling is suggested. Length: 30 minutes.

9:00 pm: Beneath a Blanket of Stars: Soldier & Slave Perspectives on the Night Sky
From the beginning of time, mankind has always been fascinated with the night sky. Join this ranger program with special guests, the TriState Astronomers and learn about the silent witness to history; the stars above. Hear about about soldier and slave perspective on the night sky, go a star tour, and take the opportunity to view celestial objects through the telescopes of the TriState Astronomers. come enjoy a night out in your park! Location: Worthington Farm. Length: 2 hours. Inclement Weather Plan - Location: Thomas Barn. Length: 2 hours.

Sunday, July 13
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.

10:00 am: The Revolution is Complete: Emancipation in Maryland *
In November 1864, over a year after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 80,000 slaves in Maryland were finally freed. This talk by noted author Gail Stephens will explore how the efforts of Lincoln, Maryland Union commander General Lew Wallace, Maryland politicians and those most affected, Maryland slaves, all combined to make this happen. Location: Thomas House. Length: 30 minutes.

10:00 am & 2:00 pm: Archeological Stories of a Slave Village
On July 9, 1864 the Best Farm was scene of fighting during the Battle of Monocacy. However, from 1794-1827 the land was part of a much larger farm called L'Hermitage, which in 1800 was the home of 90 enslaved men, women and children. Learn what archeological research shows life was like for these enslaved people. Location: Best Farm. Length: 45 minutes.

11:00 am & 2:00 pm: Fighting for Freedom: United States Colored Troops
Monocacy National Battlefield will honor a unique facet of its history revealed through recent research. Monocacy Junction was the site of a United States Colored Troops (USCT) recruiting station in 1863. The battlefield will commemorate the bravery of those who joined the ranks of the Union Army through living history. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 30 minutes.

12:30 pm: Recruiting Maryland Colored Troops
Unlike most Union states, Maryland had the distinction of still being a slave state until November of 1864. When the call came for colored troops in 1863, recruiters had to be careful not to initially recruit slaves. Find out how this was handled, the recourse that Maryland slave owners had and the hardships that colored soldiers encountered. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 45 minutes.

1:30 pm: Kim & Reggie Harris Concert
Husband and wife duo, Kim & Reggie Harris sing their way through African-American history, from slavery to Civil Rights. Through spirituals, gospel and American folk song, the Harrises, pay homage to those who came before them. Location: Gambrill House front porch. Length: 1 hour.

3:00 pm: Emancipation in Maryland
Professor Sharita Jacobs Thompson of Gettysburg College will present a lecture on Maryland emancipation at the Urbana Library. Location: Urbana Library. Length: 1 hour.

* Limited Seating

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