Caught in the Crossfire

Caught in the Crossfire (HM1JZS)

Location: Frederick, MD 21703 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 22.234', W 77° 23.917'

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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

(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.
Placed ByMonocacy National Battlefield—National Park Service—U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 293375 N 4360644
Decimal Degrees39.37056667, -77.39861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.234', W 77° 23.917'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 14.04" N, 77° 23' 55.02" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-270, Frederick MD 21703, US
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