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153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy

The Battle of Monocacy, known as “The Battle That Saved Washington,” took place on July 9, 1864 as part of the third and final Confederate campaign in Maryland. On July 8-9, 2017, Monocacy National Battlefield will commemorate the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy with a FREE special event. Programs will include infantry and artillery firing demonstrations, both civilian and military living history encampments, battlefield orientation talks, and hand’s-on activities for children’s of all ages. All programs and activities will take place at the Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center: 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704 (GPS address only).

Canoe/Kayak Tours are available both days through Frederick County Parks & Recreation. For more information or to register, please visit:

The full schedule is as follows:

Saturday and Sunday:
Battlefield Orientation Talks:

9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., & 2:30 p.m.
Infantry Firing Demonstrations:
10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.
Artillery Firing Demonstrations:
10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit the park’s website at, see us on Facebook, or call the visitor center at 301-662-3515. The visitor center is located at 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704. Operating hours are daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.

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On November 17, 2016, The Civil War Trust purchased 11 acres of land on the site of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. The site is contiguous to previously purchased battlefield land. The 11 acres cost $360,000 with half of the funds coming from the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service. As has been done previously, the Civil War Trust intends to deed the property to the Jefferson County Historic Preservation Commission (JCHLC).

Through the efforts of the JCHLC and the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA), approximately 118 acres of the site of the Battle of Shepherdstown have been saved. Conservation easements have been placed on 84 acres and 34 acres have been purchased. Approximately $1.75 million has been rasied to save the battlefield land.