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War Hits Home (HM16J7)

Location: Hollywood, MD 20636 St Mary's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 22.561', W 76° 32.493'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Sotterley and other nearby plantations paid a heavy price in the War of 1812. British blockades impeded trade of their principal cash crop — tobacco — and enemy raids plundered the region.

In June 1814 British forces landed near Sotterley, scattering some 300 American militia camped here. After burning a house and a warehouse full of tobacco, the British left with 48 of Sotterley's slaves.

"The people on either side of the Patuxent are in the greatest alarm and consternation... those that remained at home all their slaves have left them and come to us..." — British Captain Joseph Nourse to Rear Admiral George Cockburn, July 23, 1814.

Call to Freedom

The British enticed slaves to leave the plantations — a tactic to acquire local knowledge and cripple the economy. roughly 4,000 enslaved men, women and children escaped to the British. Many were trained for the military. Four Sotterley slave who fled in June 1813 returned to help others escape.
HM NumberHM16J7
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 Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 8:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365346 N 4248660
Decimal Degrees38.37601667, -76.54155000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 22.561', W 76° 32.493'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 22' 33.66" N, 76° 32' 29.58" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 44300 Sotterley Ln, Hollywood MD 20636, US
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