Monocacy National Battlefield


Monument on the Monocacy battlefield

5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick MD 21704

Good interpretation and nearly pristine landscapes highlight the site of the July 9, 1864, battle that delayed Confederate Gen. Jubal Early's plan to seriously threaten Washington DC and free prisoners from Point Lookout. Although Union Gen. Lew Wallace (author of Ben Hur) was defeated, he bought time for Gen. U.S. Grant to send reinforcements to the Washington defenses at Fort Stevens.

The park visitor center offers interactive and other high-tech displays and vignettes describing the battle from a variety of perspectives. A driving tour connects critical parts of the battlefield.

Park open 7 am-sunset. Visitor center open daily 9 am–5 pm. Free.


Also in Frederick: National Museum of Civil War Medicine