Up in Flames

Up in Flames (HM15Q9)

Location: Brandywine, MD 20613 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 38.399', W 76° 41.655'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Tobacco was a target along the Patuxent in 1814. The British raided places stocked with hogsheads of tobacco ready for shipment. Filled with dried tobacco leaves, the wooden barrels burned easily. Imagine the spectacle on June 17 when 1,100 hogsheads went up in flames at Moil and Magruder warehouse, located north of here at the end of Magruders Ferry Road.

Dual Strategy
By destroying tobacco the British hit where it hurt most—the heart of the region's economy. They had another reason for the raids. Joshua Barney's Chesapeake Flotilla was out of reach in St. Leonard Creek. By increasing raids along the Patuxent, the British hoped to force Barney out to defend local property.

"It would have distressed you to see the tobacco at Magruder's burning, as I did... Eleven hundred hogsheads, nearly all consumed."
- Unknown merchant, New York Herald, June 25, 1814


U.S. Flotilla in St. Leonard Creek by Com. Joshua Barney, June 1814IMAGE / COURTESY NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION"

HM NumberHM15Q9
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 7:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 352546 N 4278187
Decimal Degrees38.63998333, -76.69425000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 38.399', W 76° 41.655'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 38' 23.94" N, 76° 41' 39.30" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17701 Magruders Ferry Rd, Brandywine MD 20613, US
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