• Monocacy National Battlefield, Best Farm

    Monocacy

    National Battlefield Maryland

150th Events - July 7 -11

July 5 & 6 Event Schedule
July 12 & 13 Event Schedule

Monday, July 7
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: The Union Defense
On this ranger led hike of the Monocacy River rifle pits, learn about the Union's preparations for the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Meet at Gambrill Mill. Length: 1 hour.

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 Thomas House at at 12:00 p.m. Length: 45 minutes.

1:00 pm: First Contact: The Battle of West Frederick
"[I] think I have had the best little battle of the war" commented General Lew Wallace, referring to the July 7, 1864 Battle of West Frederick. Join noted author Joseph Collins to learn more about what transpired during the engagement and why General Wallace held this battle in high esteem. Location: Thomas Barn. Length: 45 minutes.

2:00 pm: Ransoms: Pay or Burn *
During the 1864 invasion, three Maryland towns were ordered to make a monetary contribution to the Confederate cause. Although not stated, it was implied that failure to meet the levy would result in their destruction. Learn about each of the demands and the desperate attempts by city officials to raise the necessary money to save their towns. Location: Gambrill Mill. Length: 45 minutes.

Tuesday, July 8
8:00 am: Breakfast before the Battle
The morning of the Battle of Monocacy the Thomas family shared breakfast with several special guests. Enjoy a continental breakfast, served to the first 50 visitors, at the historic Thomas Farm and learn who shared meals with the Thomas family in 1864. The first floor of the house will be opened following the program. Location: Thomas yard and house. Length: 90 minutes.

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.

9:00 am: Come on Georgians; Follow Me – Hike
Georgians were not only instrumental in securing the South's only victory on northern soil; they also helped establish Monocacy National Battlefield. Join this 1.9 mile ranger hike and hear about their experience in battle and how one man's personal recollections helped preserve this battlefield and a National Battlefield. Location: Worthington Farm. Length: 90 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 11:00 a.m. and Thomas House at 2:00 p.m. Length: 45 minutes.

12:00 pm: Ransoms: Pay or Burn *
During the 1864 invasion, three Maryland towns were ordered to make a monetary contribution to the Confederate cause. Although not stated, it was implied that failure to meet the levy would result in their destruction. Learn about each of the demands and the desperate attempts by city officials to raise the necessary money to save their towns. Location: Gambrill Mill. Length: 45 minutes.

1:00 pm: First Contact: The Battle of West Frederick
"[I] think that I have had the best little battle of the war" commented General Lew Wallace, referring to the July 7, 1864 Battle of West Frederick. Join noted author Joseph Collins to learn more about what transpired during the engagement and why General Lew Wallace held this battle in high esteem. Location: Thomas Barn. Length: 45 minutes.

6:00 pm: Washington Attacked, A Panel Discussion
Join historians Brett Spaulding, Gail Stephens, B. Franklin Cooling and Dennis Frye for a discussion on the 1864 campaign at the Frederick City Hall. Location: Frederick City Hall. Length: 90 minutes.

Wednesday, July 9 – Battle Anniversary
7:00 am: Hold the Bridges at all Hazards – Real Time Hike
At 7:00 a.m. on July 9, 1864 Union and Confederate troops would begin their respective movements that would result in the opening of the Battle of Monocacy. Join this 1 mile ranger hike and walk in the footsteps of history. Location: Visitor Center to Junction. Length: 2 hours.

9:00 am: Commemorating the Battle – Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony will be held at the park visitor center with keynote speaker Jim Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 90 minutes.

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.

11:00 am: A Brave Spectacle – Real Time Hike
Walk in the footsteps of soldiers during this hike on the Worthington Farm. Learn about the battle actions and hear the stories of those who fought. Location: Worthington Farm. Length: 2 hours.

11:00 am & 1:30 pm: Historic Houses of Monocacy
Tour the battlefield and learn about the fascinating history of the historic Best, Worthington and Thomas Houses of Monocacy. Location: Meet at the Best Farm. Length: 2 hours.

2:00 pm: Flaunting Banners & Brisling Steel – Real Time Hike
The day long battle culminated in a brief but hard fought engagement between Union and Confederate infantry on the Thomas Farm. Follow the footsteps of the Confederate attackers and learn about the hardships, heroics, and challenges that the soldiers on both sides encountered during the bloodiest part of the Battle of Monocacy. Location: Thomas Farm. Length: 2 hours.

4:30 pm: Riddled with Lead: 3rd Attack – Real Time Hike
In the late afternoon of July 9 the Confederate troops on the Best Farm made a third attack on the Union defenders at Monocacy Junction forcing the Union soldiers into a desperate escape across the railroad bridge. Retrace the path of the Confederate attackers followed 150 years ago and hear stories of soldiers courage and sacrifice. Location: Meet in front of Best House. Length: 90 minutes.

6:00 pm: Remembrance of the Fallen
Join us as we honor those who lost their lives at the Battle of Monocacy. Gather in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick for the closing ceremony which includes a reading of names of the fallen and the playing of echo taps. Location: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Length: 1 hour.

Thursday, July 10
9:00 am & 1:00 pm: Lest We Forget: Commemoration and the Civil War
The battlefield monuments honor the soldiers who fought at Monocacy and make sure their stories are not forgotten. Come hear the stories of courage and bravery the monuments tell. Location: Meet at Araby Church on the corner of Araby Church and Baker Valley Roads. Length: 30 minutes.

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.

11:00 am: Aftermath of Monocacy
Learn about what happened when the guns fell silent. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 30 minutes.

3:00 pm: Utterly Impossible for Man or Horse: The Point Lookout Mission
On the morning of July 9, General Bradley Johnson's cavalry brigade watched the Confederate army engage the Union defenders along the Monocacy River and then headed east to free the Confederate prisoners at Point Lookout. Come hear of this thrilling ride through the Maryland countryside. Location: Thomas House. Length: 45 minutes.

Friday, July 11
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: To the Gates of Washington – (Fee, lunch included – Registration Required)
A bus tour down the Georgetown Pike (today's Maryland Route 355) will lead participants to Fort Stevens and the gates of Washington, D.C. The route will mirror the course that General Early's army took and stop at strategic points to discuss the hardships, hopes and realities of attacking the most fortified city in the world. Location: Meet at the visitor center. Length: All Day.

11:00 am: Aftermath of Monocacy
Learn about what happened when the guns fell silent. Location: Visitor Center. Length: 30 minutes.

2:00 pm: Utterly Impossible for Man or Horse: the Point Lookout Mission *
On the morning of July 9, General Bradley Johnson's cavalry brigade watched the Confederate army engage the Union defenders along the Monocacy River and then headed east to free the Confederate prisoners at Point Lookout. Come hear of this thrilling ride through the Maryland countryside. Location: Thomas House. Length: 45 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 soldier and slave perspectives on the night sky, go on a star tour, and take the opportunity to view celestial objects through 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.

* Limited Seating

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