An online journal of Mannie Gentile, a National Park Service Park Ranger working on the National Mall in our nation's capital.
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Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Yesterday was my second day at Monocacy, and I feel like I took ownership of the place. I went for a hike along the junction trail on what turned out to be a beautiful afternoon.
Monocacy was key to Early's drive toward Washington DC. The roads to both Washington and Baltimore were available there as well as an important junction of the B&O railroad, which was so vital to the efforts of the Federals. CSX has superseded the Baltimore and Ohio, but Monocacy junction is still an important hub. During the war, the Federals had two blockhouses protected the junction, unfortunately though, their exact locations are lost to time. More to come.