The Civil War Battle that Saved Washington, D.C.

In the summer of 1864, General Jubal Early led Confederate forces toward Washington, D.C. and threatened to capture the capital city. On July 9, Union troops under General Lew Wallace met Early's army at Monocacy Junction. At Monocacy National Battlefield, visitors can experience this and other stories of the past in a landscape that has changed little since the 19th century.

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Battle map with arrows showing Union and Confederate forces clashing on the Thomas Farm

Fighting for Time: The Battle of Monocacy

Though the Confederate forces under Jubal Early won the day, Lew Wallace's Union forces strategically won time for reinforcements to save the capital.

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Archeologists at Best Farm Slave Village

A Cruel Institution

In 2010 and 2011, archeologists excavated the site of a large slave village at the Best Farm. In 1800, it was home to 90 enslaved individuals.

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Lieutenant George Davis - Awarded the Medal of Honor for valor at Monocacy

Those Who Have Borne the Battle

Behind each commander, casualty, or comrade is a story. Read more about the individuals who shaped the Battle of Monocacy!

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Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center

Virtually Yours

Can't make it to the battlefield in person, or want to explore the field before you visit? Check out our Virtual Tours!

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