• Monocacy National Battlefield, Best Farm


    National Battlefield Maryland

Sesquicentennial - 1864/2014

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Fort Stevens, Harpers Ferry and Monocacy

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Follow the trail of the final Confederate invasion of the north in the summer of 1864. This bold attack on Washington, D.C. was stalled at Harpers Ferry, delayed for one crucial day at the Battle of Monocacy , and finally repelled at the Battle of Fort Stevens. Three national park sites, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Fort Stevens and Monocacy National Battlefield, have coordinated planning of 150th Anniversary events to provide visitors an opportunity to understand and experience the role all three sites played in preventing a Confederate attack on Washington in July of 1864.

150th events and activities at Monocacy National Battlefield, July 5 through July 13, will provide opportunities to explore and understand the importance of the Battle of Monocacy, as well as the broader historical context and aftermath of the Civil War on a national, state and local level. Links to event schedules and programming details are provided below. Click here for event parking maps.

July 5-6 Event Schedule
Join us as we observe the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy with living history encampments and demonstrations including artillery, infantry and cavalry. Special activities include hikes, programs, musical concerts, and guest speakers. A special museum exhibit, "Honoring Heroism," will include the original map of the "Battle of Monocacy" by Jedediah Hotchkiss on loan from the Library of Congress. View event schedule.

July 7-11 Event Schedule
The July 9 anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy headlines a week of commemorative programs and tours. Special events scheduled for July 9 include an opening ceremony in the morning, "real-time" battlefield hikes and "Remembrance of the Fallen," an evening program at Mount Olivet Cemetery. View event schedule.

July 12-13 Event Schedule
The final weekend of events will focus on the aftermath of the battle and the end of slavery in Maryland. Programs will include United States Colored Troops living historians, music, archeology programs, children's activities, talks on slavery and emancipation, and the museum exhibit, "Honoring Heroism." View event schedule.

The Sentinel Magazine is the official publication of the 150th commemoration. PDF 14 MB file.

Programs sponsored by park partners will offer opportunities to experience even more of the region's 1864 story.

Events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy are part of an ongoing series of events marking the Civil War Sesquicentennial and, more broadly, our country's long historical journey "From Civil War to Civil Rights." As such, we are proud to honor those who fought and died in the Battle of Monocacy while also exploring the aftermath of the battle and the progress our nation has made in the pursuit of a more perfect union. We hope you can join us in remembering the single day of fighting that is now recognized as the "Battle that Saved Washington," while also exploring the legacy and importance of the Civil War to the world in which we live today.


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