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

Caught in the Crossfire

 
 
Caught in the Crossfire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, April 2, 2015
1. Caught in the Crossfire Marker
Inscription. Since the war's onset John T. Best had grown accustomed to seeing Union and Confederate soldiers on his farm, but the morning of July 9, 1864, was different. Shots rang out on the farm and a battle ensued. Confederate artillery moved into the fields, exchanging fire with Union artillery on the heights. Union infantrymen were easy targets for Confederate sharpshooters hidden in Best's barn until a Union artillerist spied puffs of smoke from the sharpshooters' rifles. Union artillery pounded the barn, setting it on fire and destroying it along with tools, harvested crops, and hay.

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

(captions)
(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.
Front view of the Best Farm main house image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, April 2, 2015
2. Front view of the Best Farm main house
Like many historic structures at Monocacy National Battlefield, the Best Farmhouse is an outdoor exhibit only and is not open to the public.

 
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
Old stone barn on the Best Farm image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, April 2, 2015
3. Old stone barn on the Best Farm
replaced an older one at this location titled “Best Family Farm". (Submitted on April 13, 2015.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
Old corncrib on the Best Farm image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, April 2, 2015
4. Old corncrib on the Best Farm
 
 
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 284 times since then and 39 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.
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