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    Tourism App

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 9, 2013

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    Frederick County Tourism has a nice app for both Iphone and Android
    one is A Frederick City Walking Tour and the other is a Visitors Guide,
    recommended.

    There is also a Frederick City walking your app as well as a Civil War trails app.
    Sadly, none of these are free. ($6.99 for most of them)

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    Monocacy National Battlefield

    by GentleSpirit Written Dec 1, 2012

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    If you take I-70, two miles south is the Monocacy National Battlefield. This was a significant battle in the summer of 1864 where Confederate General Jubal Early lead his 15,000 troops and threatened to take over Washington DC. Union General Lew Wallace (later governor of New Mexico) led the union troops. He fought a delaying action, knowing the Confederates were stretched. They had attempted to take the war into the north. Though the union lost this particular battle, they gave reinforcements valuable time to arrive with the effect that the Confederates could not possibly hold this position as they were too isolated and didn't have enough backup. This became known as the "battle that saved Washington DC"

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    Frederick Visitor Center

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 28, 2012

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    I have to say that Frederick County did a great job with this center. Located in a remodelled warehouse, they put together several attractive mutimedia exhibits along with the standard racks of information about the County and the attractions. They had a particularly good selection of material about the Civil War and the sites and activities in the area having to do with that. I found staff to be quite friendly. Good job folks!

    You recieve FREE 3 hour parking at a nearby parking garage for being an out of county visitor!!!

    hours- 9 am to 530 pm, every day 361 Days a year

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    National Museum Civil War Medicine

    by GentleSpirit Written Aug 22, 2012

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    The American Civil War was a horribly bloody conflict and Frederick was right at the crossroads of it, near to several major Civil War battlefields. This museum traces the development of treating the war wounded- this ranged from field hospitals to surgery. An interesting museum for seeing how modern military medicine evolved.

    This museum was renovated and expanded in the last few years.

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    Antique (and "antique") shopping

    by GentleSpirit Written Jul 15, 2012

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    Frederick still has lots of farmland around it. Some of this land was of course occupied by large estates. As you get close to the main downtown area you will find a relatively high number of stores that specialize in antiques and collectibles. Have a fun time at least browsing. The Antiques are not usually very old but you can find a pretty good deal on other things

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    14 th vermont monument

    by doug48 Updated Dec 17, 2011
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    the area around the 14 th vermont monument marks the approximate center of the union line. just to the east of this site about 350 union soldiers guarded monocacy junction. general lew wallace's line repulsed two attacks by general early's forces before a third and final confederate assaut forced them to retreat across the monocacy river. the union line is stop number two on the battlefield auto tour.

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    monocacy junction

    by doug48 Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    monocacy river

    the battle of monocacy also known as the battle of monocacy junction was the northern most confederate victory in the civil war. the defeat of lew wallace's forces at monocacy allowed jubal early to proceed to march on to washington. early reached fort stevens in northern washington but did not have enough man power to attack the city. after the battle of monocacy general wallace proposed a monument to read "these men died to save the national capital, and they did save it".

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    gambrill mill

    by doug48 Written Dec 11, 2011
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    gambrill mill was built in 1830 and was run by an interior undershot water wheel. the mill could produce sixty barrels of flour a day. during the battle of monocacy union troops occupied the mill and used it as a field hospital. after the confederate victory at thomas farm general wallace retreated east over the monocacy river and the mill was occupied by the confederates. gambrill mill is stop number five on the battlefield auto tour.

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    thomas farm

    by doug48 Updated Dec 11, 2011
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    caught between the two armies, the thomas house became the focal point of the battle, as confederates on worthington farm and union troops on thomas farm faced off in the most furious fighting of the battle. confederate artillery pummeled the thomas house to drive off union sharpshooters. the thomas house was captured and recaptured as the battle lines moved back and forth across the farm. a final thrust by confederate general john gordon's infantry division finally broke the union line late in the day. the thomas farm is stop number four on the battlefield auto tour.

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    worthington farm

    by doug48 Updated Dec 11, 2011
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    confederate cavalry led by general john mc causland crossed the monocacy at worthington-mc kinney ford , then dismounted and formed a line on the fields behind the worthington house. as they marched east toward thomas farm they ran into general james ricketts' line concealed behind a fence separating the worthington and thomas farms. the union opened fire and drove the confederates back to worthington farm. the confederates then positioned artillery batteries at worthington farm house and began to bombard the thomas house. during the battle this beautiful 1851 federal style farm house was used as a confederate hospital. worthington farm is stop number three on the battlefield auto tour.

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    slave village

    by doug48 Updated Dec 6, 2011

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    site of the l'hermitage slave village

    next to the pictured building is the site of the l'hermitage slave village. the family of victoire vincendiere moved to the united states in 1793 from haiti to escape the 1791 haitian slave revolt. by 1800 victoire vincendiere owned 90 slaves and was one of the largest slave holders in frederick county. vincendiere was famous for her mistreatment of her slaves. in 1798 legal action was brought against her for "excessively cruel and unmerciful " beatings, torture, and denial of proper food and clothing for her slaves. recentlly foundations of vincendiere's slave village have been discovered by archaeologists.

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    best farm

    by doug48 Updated Dec 6, 2011
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    the best farm is located on the site of l' hermatage plantation established in 1794 by the vincendiere family. the vincendiere's sold the plantation in 1827. in 1852 charles trail bought the plantation and leased it to the best family. the best farm was the location of general robert e. lee's headquarters just prior to the battle of antietam. on september 13 th 1862 union soldiers found lee's special order # 191 at the best farm. almost two years later the best farm was the site of an artillery duel during the battle of monocacy. on july 9 th 1864 confederate general jubal early set up artillery batteries at best farm and opened fire on union positions at monocacy junction. best farm is stop number one on the battlefield auto tour.

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    lee's lost order

    by doug48 Updated Dec 6, 2011
    site of robert e. lee's lost order

    at this site on septermber 13 th 1862 union soldiers made a surprising find on best farm that was once the headquarters of generals robert e. lee, thomas jackson and james longstreet. they discovered an envelope containing several cigars and a copy of general lee's special order # 191, which detailed specific troop movements during the early days of the maryland campaign. union general george mc clellan was ecstatic upon receiving the document, but failed to capitalize on it. when mc clellan received the copy of special order # 191 he exclaimed, "here is a paper with which, if i cannot whip bobby lee, i will be willing to go home". after the bloody stalemate at the battle of antietam president abraham lincoln relieved mc clellan of command on november 7 th 1862. the site of lee's headquarters is located just west of the battlefield visitor center.

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    mount olivet cemetery

    by doug48 Updated Dec 5, 2011

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    grave of francis scott key

    the top attraction of mount olivet cemetery is the grave of francis scott key. key is famous for writting " the star spangled banner" which is the united state's national anthem. francis scott key's memorial and grave is located just west of the entry to the cemetery.

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    frederick visitor center

    by doug48 Updated Dec 4, 2011

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    visitor center

    a good first stop on a visit to frederick is the frederick visitor center. here you can get a map of the downtown historic district and information on area hotels and restaurants. also at the visitor center you can get information and directions to the area's civil war battlefields.

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