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Please join us on April 1 when Gloria Swift speaks about the Battle of Monocacy

The Battle of Monocacy was fought on July 9, 1864, approximately 6 miles from Frederick, Maryland, as part of the Valley Campaigns of 1864. Confederate forces under Jubal A. Early defeated Union forces under Lew Wallace. The battle was part of Early's raid through the Shenandoah Valley and into Maryland in an attempt to divert Union forces away from the Army of Northern Virginia besieged at Petersburg. The battle was the northernmost Confederate victory of the war. While the Union troops retreated to Baltimore, the Confederates continued toward Washington, D.C., but the battle at Monocacy delayed Early's march for a day, allowing time for Union reinforcements to arrive in the capital. Early launched an attack on Washington on July 12 but was unsuccessful and forced to withdraw back into Virginia. The Battle of Monocacy has been called the battle that saved Washington.

Gloria Swift was born in Washington, D.C. to parents who were very interested in Civil War history. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in American history. Specializing in military history and the Civil War, Gloria pursued a 30-plus year career with the National Park Service as an interpretive park ranger conducting tours and as a museum curator, working on two museum renovations. She has worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, and Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, amongst others. She retired from the National Park Service in December 2014. Residing in Frederick, Maryland, she currently works part-time for Blue and Gray Education Society (BGES) as the membership coordinator and travel associate on the history tours. She is also the creator and editor of the BGES membership quarterly newsletter, “Along the Monocacy.”

Cost

The presentation is free of charge for those ordering dinner. For those who do not order food there will be a $5 charge.

Dinner

Join us at 5:30 pm in the John Cosgrove Members' Lounge (formerly the Game Room). The National Press Club menu will challenge your palette and the very capable Club staff will be able to meet any libation request. Please bring cash or checks for payment. Please note that no dinner orders will be taken after 6:30.

Location

The CHCWRT meets in the newly renovated John Cosgrove Members' Lounge of the prestigious and historic National Press Club, which is located at 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045, on the 13th floor.

The National Press Building is conveniently located approximately two blocks from Metro Center (Blue, Orange and Red Lines).

FREE parking is available at the PMI garage located on the North side of G Street between 13th and 14th Streets, if you arrive at the garage after 5:00 p.m. and purchase food and/or drinks at the National Press Club. Just bring your parking ticket to the meeting for validation.