Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Frederick
“Best little battle of the war”
—Early's 1864 Washington Raid —
Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early drove Union Gen. David Hunter into West Virginia after the Battle of Lynchburg, Va., clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Federal forces. To draw Union troops from Petersburg, Early launched a raid on Washington D.C., on June 23, 1864. Union Gen. Lew Wallace delayed the Confederates at Monocacy, giving Petersburg reinforcements time to stiffen the capital's defenses. Early probed briefly on July 11-12 and withdrew to the Shenandoah Valley, where he stopped his pursuers at Cool Spring on July 17-18. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant then detached forces under Gen. Philip H. Sheridan to crush Early.
This area was farm fields in 1864. Here, a make-shift force under Union Gen. Lew Wallace blocked Confederate cavalry from occupying Frederick on July 7. Wallace had assembled the Federal force at Monocacy Junction, about three miles south, and then ordered the units here. The fight began about 4 P.M. when Gen. Jubal A. Early's army under Frederick native Bradley T. Johnson approached. It raged until darkness fell four hours later. Col. Charles Gilpin, 3rd Maryland Potomac Home Brigade, commanded the Federal defense including the 8th Illinois Cavalry and 159th Ohio Mounted Infantry. The Baltimore Light Artillery under Baltimore native Lt. Peter Leary, Jr., supported
As the fight ensuded, reinforcements and ammunition were rushed to Wallace from Baltimore. On July 9, at the Battle of Monocacy, Wallace's force held for a day against Early's much larger Confederate army. Union resistance here and at the Battle of Monocacy gave Federal authorities in Washington time to reinforce the city's defenses against Early's attack.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 24.946′ N, 77° 26.266′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Patrick Street (U.S. 40) and Linden Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.8 miles away); Major General George Gordon Meade (approx. 0.8 miles away); Meade Takes Command (approx. 0.8 miles away); Barbara Fritchie Cabins & Tea Room (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mary Quantrill's Stand (approx. 1.1 miles away); Home of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mullinix Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Company A, 1st Battalion, 115th Infantry Regiment Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
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