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In the Summer of 1864, Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early launched a campaign down the Shenandoah Valley with a corps of approximately 15,000 troops. The campaign was a last attempt to carry the war into the north and to relieve some pressure from General Robert E. Lee in the south. Early's ultimate objective for the campaign was to march down the Valley, to swing to the east through Frederick, and to attack and capture Washington, D.C.
Although the battlefield landscape is agrarian and may appear to be rural, the park is located less than two miles south of the city of Frederick, Maryland and has numerous amenities even closer. It is always a good idea to wear sturdy walking shoes on our trails and bring your own water, sunscreen, and insect repellent during hot or dry weather.