Against the Odds

Against the Odds (HM16IP)

Location: Lexington Park, MD 20653 St Mary's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 16.603', W 76° 27.794'

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Both a squadron of the British navy and severe weather challenged the famed Chesapeake Flotilla off Cedar Point on June 1, 1814. The modest fleet of armed barges was assembled by Joshua Barney to harass British ships. With an inadequate professional navy in the War of 1812, Barney's flotilla was the best hope for disrupting British operations on the Bay.After advancing on the superior British squadron, the flotilla escaped into the Patuxent and became trapped by enemy ships.

"...with a fresh wind, Squally & Rain...we doubled round cedar Barges rowed down upon [the schooners] and gave them a number of shot at long distance. We then gave up the chase." — Commodore Joshua Barney to Secretary of Navy William Jones, June 3, 1814.

Hazardous Duty

Barney's 500 flotillamen were a hardy — perhaps foolhardy — lot. They rowed into battle fully exposed to enemy fire and the elements. Cramped side-by-side, they rowed feverishly, muscles aching from maneuvering 50- and 75-foot barges,and jolted from guns fired onboard. Drenching rains and churning waters assaulted them off Cedar Point. Amazingly there were no casualties in the skirmish.
HM NumberHM16IP
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Year Placed2012
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 2:19pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 372012 N 4237530
Decimal Degrees38.27671667, -76.46323333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 16.603', W 76° 27.794'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 16' 36.18" N, 76° 27' 47.64" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 22156 Three Notch Rd, Lexington Park MD 20653, US
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