Federals Take a Stand

Federals Take a Stand (HM1JQ)

Location: Frederick, MD 21703 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 22.248', W 77° 23.529'

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7:00 a.m., July 9, 1864

After skirmishing on July 8 with Confederates west of Frederick, MD, Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace's 5,800 Union troops—many of them "raw and untried"—took a stand at the Monocacy River. Wallace carefully chose this critical intersection of the river, road, and railroad to prevent Jubal A. Early's 15,000 to 16,000 Confederates from attacking Washington.

Wallace positioned Brig. Gen. James B. Ricketts' veteran troops on the river's south bank. He sent 300 skirmishers to the north bank and a strong contingent to protect the road to Baltimore—his retreat route.

"All the gateways of the Shenandoah Valley—its roads, passes, gaps—were standing wide open, with Washington exposed, its very nakedness inviting attack. I lost no time also in picketing and placing strong guards over the bridges, especially the wooden one." —Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace.
HM NumberHM1JQ
Placed ByMonocacy National Battlefield
National Parks Service
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 3:16am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 293933 N 4360655
Decimal Degrees39.37080000, -77.39215000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.248', W 77° 23.529'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 14.88" N, 77° 23' 31.74" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5148-5156 MD-355, Frederick MD 21703, US
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