By July 1864, the Civil War had turned sour for the Confederates, who were on the run with the Union army in pursuit. The South needed a plan to change this and remove the Union pressure. With the capital weakly defended, a Union weakness was there to be taken advantage of, and a plan was hatched: Lieutenant General Jubal Early was to march north and attack Washington, DC, if possible. Union troops resisted him at the Monocacy River in Maryland, delaying the Confederate advance and buying time for the Union to reinforce the capital.
Depicting the US Capitol flanked by Confederate and American flags, this patch symbolizes how close the Civil War came to Washington, DC, when Confederate troops marched threateningly toward it and Union forces fought to protect it.
Dimensions: 3¼'' W x 2⅞'' H
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