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Monocacy National Battlefield

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Address: 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704-7307
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This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates...

This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates in 1864. Although it's seen as a confederate victory, this advance on Washington, D.C. was brought to a hault by the forces led by Major General Lew Wallace, U.S. Army.

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Underappreciated Civil War Battlefield

We recently visited this battlefield, which played a pivotal role in Civil War history. As the battlefield covers several miles, mostly in contiguous areas, visitors cannot walk... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Jonathan R
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We recently visited this battlefield, which played a pivotal role in Civil War history. As the battlefield covers several miles, mostly in contiguous areas, visitors cannot walk between all of the key points, but can easily drive from one to another. The visitor center has a number of informative displays, as well as an excellent lighted map of the battle... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

This is not a big a battlefield as Gettysburg nor did I expect it to be. I was blown away by the friendliness of the staff manning the desk at the visitor's center. The map they gave me was clear for the stops I could see. The museum upstairs was informative. I especially enjoyed the light show. It made it... More 

Thank Mi5zonsn2
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Within 3 hours a person can walk the entire museum and much of the battlefield. This very small battle was very important in the Civil War as the Confederacy was trying to flank Washington, DC and take the city while most Union combat troops were south in Virginia. The Park Rangers are most friendly. Great for history buffs and people... More 

Winchester, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is a very nice park that is easy to navigate. Be sure and hit the visitor's center first for this fee free park. Be sure and view the electric map upstairs for a great presentation. This helps you visualize what you are seeing when yo do the 5 stops in your car. The folks at the visitor's center are... More 

Thank nriemen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I was passing by one day and decided on a whim to pull into this Battlefield attraction. I was pleasantly pleased with the modern AC controlled facility that held lots of historical information. You can do self paced or with a tour guide. What I really liked was that I was learning more about the battle without the overwhelming crowds... More 

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Brunswick, Md.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We have driven past this great Historical Visitor Center and Battlefield for years and never took the time to stop, until today! SO glad we did. What a great historical place to visit. What a very, VERY important battle in the Civil War. Because of the Battle of Monocacy, Washington was not taken. It survived until reinforcements could make it... More 

Thank Vicki A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

If you're quite interested in really learning more about Civil War battles, this is a must stop. It's already quite close to Gettysburg and Antietam, but those two (depending on when you visit) will be overwhelmed by cars and tourists looking for a photo op. This national park is dedicated to the local events, with an excellent small museum and... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

Note: If you come from the north, the entrance will come up fast, difficult road to turn left on in traffic. No fee for entrance. The visitor center is modern and the exhibits are detailed and engaging for history and non-history buffs alike. Turning in and out of stop # 2 is also difficult, due to the hill, bridge and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

The Battle of Monocacy doesn't receive the celebrity nor is it ever mentioned in the same breath as Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Antietam or Chancellorsville or Shiloh among the most significant battles of the Civil War. But the truth is the battle, fought on July 9, 1864, on the banks of the Monocacy River on Maryland State Highway 355 a few miles... More 

Thank Taylor B
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

I had an extra day in my vacation, so decided to use it on Civil War sites in the area. The day I visited was cold, icy and foggy, so I only stopped at the historical site building. But that was OK because between the displays and the questions I had answered by staff, I experienced almost as much as... More 

Thank Alice M

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