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Location: Havre de Grace, MD 21078 Harford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 32.3', W 76° 5.301'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

During the War of 1812, Havre de Grace was a fishing village, but also played host to many travelers. The Post Road, the main route of land travel in the day, came through town, and travelers used the local ferry at the north end of town to cross the Susquehanna River.

When the British docked at Spesutia Island, Havre de Grace residents went on high alert, but lost their urgency after a few days of safety.

"Vigilance continued till within three or four days of the time when they were actually attacked. At this time, the inhabitants, wearied with continual excitement and laborious exercise, began to relax from their exertions..."
Jared Sparks,
North American Review and Miscellaneous Journal 14, 1817

John Boyd was the first to see the British as they approached under the cover of night on May 3, 1813. He "gave the alarm to the sentinels, who were stationed near to his house."
HM NumberHM17KY
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceMilitary Installation
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByNational Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 2:00pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 406475 N 4377084
Decimal Degrees39.53833333, -76.08835000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 32.3', W 76° 5.301'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 32' 18.0000" N, 76° 5' 18.0600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)443, 410
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Havre de Grace Promenade, Havre de Grace MD 21078, US
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