For John, BLUF: If Lew Wallace hadn't been there things might have turned out much differently. Nothing to see here; just move along.
How Indiana’s Lew Wallace saved the nation’s capital
Indiana’s Lew Wallace led a grand life, negotiating with Billy the Kid in New Mexico, serving as America’s ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, and, of course, authoring “Ben-Hur,” one of the most popular novels of all time. But the most dramatic chapter of Wallace’s story took place 150 years ago on July 9 when his bravery in a little-known Civil War battle saved our nation’s capital.Someone I know, wrote in response:
For those in the northern Virginia, Maryland, and southern Pennsylvania region, the Monocacy battlefield, near Frederick, Maryland, is worth a visit It is small and not as elaborate as Antienam/Sharpsburg or Gettysburg but worth the time anyway to visit and get the feel of a classic delaying action.History can be fascinating.
Additionally, the battlefield is also the spot where McCellan's troops found a copy of Lee's orders regarding his 1862 Maryland Campaign wrapped with cigars which helped shape the outcome of the Antienam/Sharpsburg battle. Additionally, elements of Meade's Army of the Potomac passed through the Monocacy site on their way toward southern Pennsylvania in June 1863.
Regards — Cliff