Near Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Gordonís Decisive Attack
So profuse was the flow of blood from the killed and wounded of both sides of these forces that it reddened the stream [on the Thomas Farm] for more than 100 yards below.
Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon
The first Confederate troops to cross the Monocacy River had been repulsed by the Federals massing across the Thomas farm. Then Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon's infantry emerged over the crest of Brooks Hill and with rebel yells and flying banners, swept down the hill toward the farm.
Gordon ordered his three brigades to attack sequentially from right to left. Union volleys ravaged the first brigade and bloodied the second. But the third brigade and other Confederate units drove the Federals off the Thomas farm and forced them into a general retreat toward Gambrill Mill.
Erected by Monocacy National Battlefield
National Parks Service.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 21.287′ N, 77° 23.681′ W. Marker was near Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker was on Monocacy National Park Service Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the service road leading to the Worthington Farm (tour stop three).
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Thick of the Battle (was approx. ľ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Thomas Farm (approx. ľ mile away); Final Attack (approx. ľ mile away); Federal Retreat (approx. ľ mile away); Civilians Under Siege (approx. ľ mile away); History of the Monocacy River Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clustered Spires of Frederick (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Battle That Saved Washington (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
More about this marker. On the left is a portrait of "Georgia's John B. Gordon" who "was a gallant, determined, and inspiring leader - just what the Confederates needed at the critical point in the Battle of Monocacy." On the right is a portrait of "Union Brig. Gen. James B. Rickets," who "moved quickly across the Thomas farm to confront Gordon's flanking movement. His division suffered heavy losses but did stall the Confederates." Between the portraits is a tactical battle map.
Regarding Gordonís Decisive Attack.
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 1,588 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on October 1, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 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, 4. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on August 9, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 6. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.