You may use the links on this page to read a variety of stories that tell about soldiers and civilians whose lives shaped our history from settlement of the Monocacy region, through the Civil War, its aftermath, reconciliation, and commemoration.

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Union soldiers escape across a railroad bridge with Confederate soldiers in pursuit.
The Battle of Monocacy

Although comparatively small in terms of the numbers of troops and casualties involved, the Battle of Monocacy was strategically important. more...
A long driveway is lined with trees whose leaves are turning orange and red.
James Marshall and the Development of the Monocacy Properties

Beginning in 1759, a wealthy Scottish merchant named James Marshall began acquiring large amounts of land on both sides of the Monocacy River. Around 1780, he constructed a large brick manor house, and by the close of the eighteenth century, James Marshall owned nearly all of the land that comprises Monocacy National Battlefield. more...
A small two-story building with stone walls on first floor and white on the second story. Rolling farm fields in the background. The setting sun is turning the sky orange and red.
L'Hermitage: A French-Caribbean Plantation in Maryland

The property currently known as the Best Farm comprises the southern 274 acres of what was once a plantation known as L'Hermitage. L'Hermitage was home to the Vincendières, a family of French planters from the colony of Saint-Domingue, as well as 90 enslaved African Americans. more...
A seated young man in a Union uniform.

A Soldier's Story: Private George M. Douse

Private George M. Douse fought in and was wounded at the Battle of Monocacy. As a member of the 10th Vermont Regiment, he was one of the skirmishers who held the approach to the bridges over the Monocacy River. Learn more about his story and his correspondence with another Monocacy veteran. more...

Last updated: June 2, 2020

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