Latta Plantation Monocacy

Latta Plantation hosts reenactments of the Battle of Monocacy June 1-2.

1. It was a battle won by the Confederacy

During the Civil War in summer 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal Early was ordered to take the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia and link up with Gen. John C. Breckenridge to clear the Shenandoah Valley. After securing the Valley, Early was to invade Maryland, putting pressure on the Union capital, Washington, D.C. The Battle of Monocacy, near Frederick, Md., began around 8:30 a.m. when Confederate skirmishers, commanded by General Stephen Ramseur, advanced south along the Georgetown Pike and encountered Union infantry.

During the fighting, roughly 2,200 were killed, wounded, captured or listed as missing (900 Confederate, 1,300 Union).

2. It’s known as ‘The Battle that Saved Washington’

Efforts from the Union’s Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace had delayed Early’s advance long enough for additional Union reinforcements to reach Washington, D.C. By the time Early’s men reached the capital on July 11, help had arrived in the Federal capital. Early and his men withdrew back into Maryland and eventually crossed the Potomac River back into Virginia. Early’s campaign was ultimately foiled by the delaying tactics of Lew Wallace and his men at Monocacy on July 9.

3. Latta hosts a reenactment

Latta Plantation’s Civil War living-history event is June 1-2 and focuses on the role North Carolina regiments played in the battle. There will be Infantry, cavalry and artillery demos with 100 reenactors. Visitors can hear from the actress portraying the wife of General Stonewall Jackson and the words from other historical figures, listen to live music, sample food and beer and listen in on a tavern talk featuring free rum drink tastings. Kids can learn military drills. The Battle Reenactment is at 2 p.m. each day.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Admission is $10 adults and $9 seniors or students. Members and ages 5 and under are free.

– Information obtained from National Park Service


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