Registration for tour with lunch closes on June 25 (Walk ons are allowed but no lunches will be provided)
No refunds after May 1.
This summer will mark the 150th anniversary of Jubal Early's Raid on Washington, a long-shot Confederate gamble that came perilously close to success. Had the Rebels actually captured Washington, for no matter how short a period, the psychological impact on Northern public opinion might have proved disastrous.
Come along with your friends in the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia for our annual Picnic as we recall the highlights of this often-neglected chapter of Civil War history on a motorcoach tour led by LGDC's own Craig Howell.
We'll begin by heading for Monocacy National Battlefield just this side of Frederick, MD, where a scratch Union force hastily assembled by General Lew Wallace (later author of "Ben Hur," soon to be a Major Motion Picture yet again) held up Early's corps for a full day on July 9, 1864, thereby providing just enough time for reinforcements to reach Washington. Even though the Yankees were ultimately defeated at Monocacy, Ulysses S. Grant ruefully admitted that Wallace had done more for the Northern cause by losing than most generals would ever do by winning. Monocacy is rightly called "The Battle That Saved Washington," as Craig will explain as we visit such landmarks at the Best Farm, the Worthington House, and the Thomas Farm.
We will enjoy our picnic lunches at a nearby Frederick County park before returning to Washington in Jubal Early's footsteps via Silver Spring, the grounds of the former Walter Reed Medical Center (as far as the Confederates got), and Georgia Avenue. Of course our afternoon focus will be the Battle of Fort Stevens, where President Lincoln famously came under hostile fire, not just on one day but two (July 11-12, 1864). Besides the reconstructed Fort Stevens itself, we will also visit the impressive remains of nearby Fort DeRussy, whose long-range cannon fire played a major role in stemming the Rebel tide.
Our motorcoach will leave at 9 a.m. from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station on the Red Line at Rockville Pike & Tuckerman Lane, a mile or so north of the Beltway, and should return by 5:30 p.m. You can park your car there all day for free. Those taking Metro should understand that portions of the Red Line downtown will be closed all weekend, with shuttle buses bridging the gap between Gallery Place and Woodley Park; allow plenty of extra time if you must pass through this area.