Near Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
There was not a moment for four years when there were not from 4,000 to 14,000 soldiers camped on or near my farm. At the end of the war I had hardly a fence on my place, but I was glad to get a little of the quiet for which I had left the city.
C. Keefer Thomas
(Sidebar): A Meeting Place
In June 1863, a year before the battle, Union Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock established his headquarters here at the Thomas farm for three days while his troops were heading north to Gettysburg.
In August 1864, a month after the battle, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met with Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan and other military leaders at Araby to map plans for the Shenandoah Valley campaign.
Erected by Monocacy National Battlefield
National Parks Service.
Location. 39° 21.436′ Touch for map. Located at stop four of the auto-tour of Monocacy Battlefield. This marker set is at the trail head for the Thomas Farm walking tour. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21704, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thick of the Battle (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Federal Retreat ( a few steps from this marker); Civilians Under Siege ( within shouting distance of this marker); Final Attack ( within shouting distance of this marker); Gordonís Decisive Attack (was approx. ľ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Final Stand ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Clustered Spires of Frederick ( approx. half a mile away); History of the Monocacy River Valley ( approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
More about this marker. The background image on the marker is a drawing of Araby. A small photograph in the upper center is a group portrait of three men, captioned, "On July 5, young Samuel S. Thomas [Center of photograph] and two friends were sitting on the Araby porch when U.S. soldiers forced them to join the 11th Maryland Regiment or face arrest.
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Farm. More detailed information about the Thomas Farm, from the National Parks Service site. (Submitted on November 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Monocacy Battlefield Markers. This marker is among several describing the battle of Monocacy, to "tour" the battlefield see the related markers. (Submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,935 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on September 1, 2008. 5. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.