Near Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle That Saved Washington
Richmond and Petersburg were endangered, but the Southern leader, General Robert E. Lee had sent General Early north to threaten Washington, D.C., at least to force the Union commander at Richmond, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, to send soldiers back to defend the Capital.
The Battle of Monocacy was fought on Saturday, July 9, 1864. The Union forces were heavily outnumbered, about 18,000 to 6,000. Union General Lew Wallace gave battle to delay the Southern forces until Northern reinforcements could reach Washington, D.C.
The fighting started in mid-morning and continued throughout the day. In the late afternoon when Southern troops in battle line streamed out of the woods on Brooks Hill, broke the Northern lines and forced Wallace's small force back towards Baltimore.
The way to Washington was open, but it was too late. General Grant summed up the importance of the valiant effort by outnumbered Northerners.
"They met the enemy, and, as might have been expected, were defeated; but they succeeded in stopping him for the day on which the battle took place... If Early had been put one day earlier he might have entered the capital before the arrival
Location. 39° 20.97′ N, 77° 23.391′ W. Marker is near Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 270, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at a rest stop/scenic overlook loop reached from west bound I-270. 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. History of the Monocacy River Valley (here, next to this marker); Clustered Spires of Frederick (a few steps from this marker); Gordonís Decisive Attack (was approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Final Attack (approx. half a mile away); Civilians Under Siege (approx. half a mile away); Thick of the Battle (was approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing. ); Thomas Farm (approx. half a mile away); Federal Retreat (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
More about this marker. On the left is a map of the battle. On the upper right are portraits of Gens. Lew Wallace and Jubal Early.
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 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 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,695 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 1, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on February 1, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 1, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.