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Near Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

McCausland’s Attack

 
 
McCausland's Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
1. McCausland's Attack Marker
Inscription. 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. July 9, 1864

Brig. Gen. John McCausland's cavalry brigade forded the river, dismounted, and advanced up the slope toward the Worthington house. Thinking they would be facing inexperienced militiamen, the Confederates formed a line in front of the house and moved on foot through a cornfield toward the Thomas farm, about half a mile to the east.

There, Union Brig. Gen. James B. Ricketts' seasoned troops, concealed in a field behind a fence, surprised and repulsed them. McCausland's Confederates advanced again only to be driven back, with heavy losses, to the Worthington house. But more Confederates were on their way.

Onward they went through the growing corn.... Then...the whole Federal line of infantry rose to its feet and resting their guns on the upper rails of the fence took aim and fired a...murderous volley into the ranks of the approaching foe.
Glenn H. Worthington
 
Location. 39° 21.694′ N, 77° 24.12′ W. Marker is near Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Baker Valley Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at stop three of the auto-tour of Monocacy Battlefield. This marker set is at the trail head for the Worthington Farm walking tour.
McCausland’s Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
2. McCausland’s Attack Marker
McCausland’s troops formed near here on the afternoon of July 9, 1864 for their advance on the Thomas Farm.
To reach the stop, from Baker Valley Road, turn northwest onto the park service road (running parallel to Interstate 270, from which there is no direct access). Follow the service road to the parking lot near the Worthington House. 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. Worthington House (a few steps from this marker); Worthington-McKinney Ford (a few steps from this marker); Through a Child's Eyes (within shouting distance of this marker); Ambush (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon’s Decisive Attack (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); L'Hermitage (approx. 0.6 miles away); Caught in the Crossfire (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thick of the Battle (was approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
 
More about this marker. The background image on the marker depicts advancing dismounted Confederate cavalry.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Monocacy. National Parks Service site. (Submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Monocacy Battlefield Markers. This marker
Worthington Farm Tour Stop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
3. Worthington Farm Tour Stop
This marker is one of the two standing on the left of the path.
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.) 
 
McCausland’s Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 25, 2009
4. McCausland’s Attack Marker
Initial Contact image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
5. Initial Contact
McCausland's Cavalry initially engaged a company of the 8th Illinois Cavalry in the field to the west of the Worthington House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,774 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 23, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 9, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   5. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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