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Monocacy National Battlefield
IntroKnown as the "Battle That Saved
Washington", the battle of Monocacy on
July 9, 1864 between 18,000 Confederate
forces under General Jubal Early, and
5,800 Union forces under General Lew
Wallace, marked the last campaign of the
Confederacy to carry the war into the north.
One of the objectives of this campaign was
to capture Washington, D.C. Although this
battle was a military victory for the
Confederates, it was also a defeat. Time
spent for battle cost the Confederates a
day's delay in marching on the federal
capital. General Lew Wallace's defense
along the Monocacy bought critical time to
allow Washington to be reinforced. Early's raid would be thwarted and the war would be taken to the
south for the rest of the war.
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