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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2018 11:28 a.m. PST

"In any war, there are battles which, with the benefit of hindsight, prove to be much more significant than the actual results of the fighting. The Civil War Battle of Monocacy (muh-NOCK-uh-see) Junction on a stifling hot July 9, 1864 is such a battle. Here in the lush corn and wheat fields just southeast of Frederick, MD, a few thousand rag tag Union troops led by a disgraced General held off a battle-hardened Confederate army three times its size marching to attack a weakly defended Washington, D.C. By Civil War standards, it wasn't a big battle and it didn't last very long. In fact, it was a Confederate victory with Union troops retreating towards Baltimore before supper time. But the Northern forces held long enough and fought hard enough to slow down the Confederate advance, buying time to reinforce Washington and stave off a disaster. The last thing the Union needed at that time was an attack on their capital. They had enough problems already…."
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Cleburne186304 Sep 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

I'd hardly call Lew Wallace a "disgraced general." No need to read any further.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 10:55 a.m. PST



Bill N05 Sep 2018 4:30 p.m. PST

Monocacy is one of my favorite battlefields.

donlowry05 Sep 2018 6:28 p.m. PST

Grant said that Wallace accomplished more in defeat than a lot of generals did in victory.

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