Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Caught in the Crossfire
The second shot burst inside the barn, and so did the third, and the fourth; the barn was soon on fire....
Private Frederick Wild, Alexander's Baltimore Battery
(lower left) Best Farm was a crossroads of war. Armies from both sides frequently camped here throughout the Civil War, like these soldiers posing for a camp side photo.
(upper right) John and Margaret Best hid in the house with their children during the battle. The Bests filed claims against the Federal government after the war for property that Union
(lower right) These fragments of dishes, broken during the 1864 battle, were found buried near the farmhouse.
Erected by Monocacy National Battlefield—National Park Service—U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 9, 1864.
Location. 39° 22.234′ N, 77° 23.917′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Urbana Pike (Route 355) 0.4 miles south of New Technology Way, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located near the parking lot on the Best Farm, stop 1 on the Auto-Tour route. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick MD 21703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Best Family Farm (here, next to this marker); L'Hermitage (here, next to this marker); Confederates Invade Maryland (here, next to this marker); 14th New Jersey Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.3 miles away); Commemoration (approx. 0.3 miles away); Federals Take a Stand (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nick of Time (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slave to Soldier (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
Also see . . .
1. Monocacy National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on April 13, 2015.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Best Family Farm". (Submitted on April 13, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 10, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.