Thomas Farm

Thomas Farm (HM1KI)

Location: Frederick, MD 21704 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 21.436', W 77° 23.468'

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Col. C. Keefer Thomas, a businessman, should have stayed in Baltimore. He was so sure a war eventually would rage around that city that he moved his family to this 240-acre farm, called Araby. Soon troops were marching through or camping here in the fields where the Thomases raised corn, wheat, and other crops with slave labor. During the Battle of Monocacy, the family fled to the cellar as artillery shells and rifle shots tore up the house.

There was not a moment for four years when there were not from 4,000 to 14,000 soldiers camped on or near my farm. At the end of the war I had hardly a fence on my place, but I was glad to get a little of the quiet for which I had left the city.
C. Keefer Thomas

(Sidebar): A Meeting Place
In June 1863, a year before the battle, Union Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock established his headquarters here at the Thomas farm for three days while his troops were heading north to Gettysburg.
In August 1864, a month after the battle, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met with Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan and other military leaders at Araby to map plans for the Shenandoah Valley campaign.
HM NumberHM1KI
Placed ByMonocacy National Battlefield
National Parks Service
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 7:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 293981 N 4359151
Decimal Degrees39.35726667, -77.39113333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.436', W 77° 23.468'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 26.16" N, 77° 23' 28.08" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4465-4473 Baker Valley Rd, Frederick MD 21704, US
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