Projects Past & Present
Monocacy National Battlefield
In the summer of 1864, General Jubal Early led Confederate forces towards Washington, D.C. and threatened to capture the city. On July 9, Union troops under General Lew Wallace met Early's forces on the banks of the Monocacy River. Union forces successfully delayed Early's advance on Washington, gaining enough time for the capital to be reinforced. Because of this, the battle became known as the "battle that saved Washington, D.C."
Over a ten-year period, between 2002 and 2011, archeologists have conducted several identification, and evaluation studies of the battlefield's historic farmsteads.
Follow the links below to learn more about projects in the park:
- African American Experiences at Monocacy (Brochure) (PDF format: 3.8MB)
- Monocacy video presentation on the Slave Quarters (C-SPAN)
- "Unearthing Maryland's Slavery History" Kojo Nnamdi Show. (August 9, 2010)