Monocacy – Fort Stevens 150th schedules

I know… I know… we are not finished with the Overland Campaign 150th yet.  The voices of the rangers are still echoing through the Wilderness.  Yet, I’ve got to look at the big picture here and consider the “long game” in this Sesquicentennial Campaign of 2014!

Monocacy National Battlefield, in a series of releases, posted schedules for events from July 5 through 13.  July 5-6 features a lot of hands-on-history, stories of the civilians who lived on the battlefield, and firing demonstrations.  Likely I will bring my aide-de-camp out for one of those.  July 7-11 includes many of the “real time” events which have proved so popular at other battlefields.  Here’s a portion of the listing:

Monday, July 7:

9:00 a.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center.   The Union Defense: Earthworks Hike

10:00 a.m. Caught in the Crossfire: Civilian Stories, Worthington House Cellar

11:00 a.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

12:00 p.m. Caught in the Crossfire: Civilian Stories, Thomas House

1:00 p.m. First Contact: Battle of West Frederick, Thomas Barn

2:00 p.m.  Ransoms: Pay or Burn, Gambrill Mill (Limited seating)

3:00 p.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

Tuesday, July 8

8:00 a.m. Breakfast before the Battle (Food provided for first 50 visitors), Thomas House

9:00 a.m. Come on Georgians: Follow Me: Brooks Hill Hike, Worthington Farm

11:00 a.m. Caught in the Crossfire: Civilian Stories, Worthington House Cellar

12:00 p.m. Ransoms: Pay or Burn, Gambrill Mill (Limited seating)

1:00 p.m. First Contact: The Battle of West Frederick, Thomas Barn

2:00 p.m. Caught in the Crossfire: Civilian Stories, Thomas House

3:00 p.m. Battle Orientation

6:00 p.m. Washington Attacked: A Panel Discussion, Frederick City Hall

Wednesday, July 9

7:00 a.m. Hold the bridges at all Hazards: Junction Hike; 1st and 2nd Attacks, Visitor Center to Junction

9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony, Visitor Center

10:30 a.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

11:00 a.m. A Brave Spectacle: Worthington Farm Hike, Worthington Ford Trail

2:00 p.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

2:30 p.m. Flaunting Banners and Brisling Steel: Thomas Farm Hike, Thomas Farm Trail

4:00 p.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

4:30 p.m. Riddled with Lead: Junction Hike; 3rd Attack, Best Farm

6:00 p.m. Remembrance of the Fallen, Mt. Olivet Cemetery

6:40 p.m. Closing Ceremony, Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Thursday, July 10

9:00 a.m. Uncommon Valor: Medal of Honor Hike, Gambrill Mill Trail

10:00 a.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

11:00 a.m. Aftermath of Monocacy, Visitor Center

12:00 p.m. Battle Orientation

1:00 p.m. Lest We Forget: Commemoration, Pennsylvania Monument

2:00 p.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

3:00 p.m. Point Lookout Mission, Thomas House (Limited seating)

4:00 p.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

Friday, July 11 

9:00 a.m.  To the Gates of Washington: Fort Stevens Bus Tour, Frederick to Fort Stevens (Fee)

10:00 a.m. Lest We Forget: Commemoration, Pennsylvania Monument

11:00 a.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

12:00 p.m. Aftermath of Monocacy, Visitor Center

1:00 p.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

2:00 p.m. Point Lookout Mission, Thomas House (Limited seating)

3:00 p.m. Battle Orientation, Visitor Center

9:00 p.m. Beneath a Blanket of Stars: Night Sky Soldier & Slave Perspectives, Worthington Farm

The schedule continues with more programs through the weekend of July 12-13.  I would point out those weekend programs highlight emancipation in Maryland and the role of the USCT in the Civil War.

In regards to For Stevens, you see the bus tour from Monocacy on July 11. There is also an observance on July 12, running from 10 am to 4 pm.

Add these to your calendar and I hope to see you out for a few of the hikes!

 

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