Prior to the battle of Monocacy, the Best farm had been one of the largest slave-owners in central MD. With the advance party of Gen Jubal A Early arriving to march his troops down the Georgetown Pike and into the Capital, this farm was the point from which thousands of Confederate troops massed for the attack on Washington. During the night US Gen. US Grant sent thousands of troops to man the forts around Washington DC, and the attack failed. CS Gen. Jubal A Early’s troops withdrew across the Potomac to Virginia.
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