Attack at Frenchtown

Attack at Frenchtown (HM17L6)

Location: Havre de Grace, MD 21078 Harford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 32.366', W 76° 5.174'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Frenchtown, on the Elk River, was struck on the morning of April 29, 1813. Rear Admiral Cockburn attempted a surprise attack and was greeted with a barrage from the town's battery. The guns had little effect and the British landed and burned the government supply houses.

The citizens of nearby Elkton had prepared by building defensive batteries and stretching a chain across the Elk River. After attempting an attack on the same day, British were not able to get close enough and returned to their base near Spesutia Island.

War of 1812 British Attacks upper Bay
1. Frenchtown: April 29, 1813
2. Elkton: defended April 29, 1813
3. Havre de Grace: May 3, 1813
4. Bell's Ferry: May 3, 1813
5. Port Deposit: defended May 3, 1813
6. Principio Iron Foundry: May 3, 1813
7. Georgetown: May 6, 1813
8. Fredericktown: May 6, 1813

This 1806 watercolor by Benjamin Henry Latrobe depicts Frenchtown, looking up the Elk River from a wharf where Americans established a gun battery in 1813.
Image courtesy Maryland Historical Society.
HM NumberHM17L6
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceBattlefield, Island, River
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 7:04pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] SEPTEMBERSPARROW1666  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 406658 N 4377204
Decimal Degrees39.53943333, -76.08623333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 32.366', W 76° 5.174'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 32' 21.9600" N, 76° 5' 10.4400" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)443, 410
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Giles St, Havre de Grace MD 21078, US
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