Monday, April 23, 2012
The battle that saved Washington D.C.
We took some time out to visit the historic Monocacy battlefeild in Frederick county, Maryland. Monocacy is famously known as the battle that saved Washington D.C. During the civil war General Lee devised a plan to send 15,000 Confederate soldiers up the Shenandoah Valley to Monocacy Junction and then move east to attack the Union captital. This would alleviate the pressure on General Lee's march on Gettysburg. The Union troops were eventually defeated in Monacacy and forced to retreat. Although the battle was a military victory for the Conferates and their only victory in the north, it was also a defeat, because the time spent fighting the battle cost the Confederates a crucial day of marching and provided the Union time to send reinforcements to Washington D.C. The battlefeild now lies quiet and peaceful with rolling hills and wild flowers. We were lucky enough to to catch some civil war re-enactors at the visitors center to give us a signal corps demonstration on how the soldiers communicated during battle.