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 soldiers stole or destroyed in 1862. No claims are known for the 1864 destruction.
(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.
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. Touch for map. This marker is located near the parking lot on the Best Farm, stop 1 on the Auto-Tour route. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick MD 21703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. L'Hermitage (here, next to this marker); 14th New Jersey Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.3 miles away); Commemoration (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nick of Time (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slave to Soldier (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Monocacy (approx. 0.4 miles away); This Boulder Overlooks the Monocacy Battlefield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Headquarters of Generals Robert E. Lee (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 (Submitted on April 13, 2015.)
Categories. • Military • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 31 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.