Screaming Rockets

Screaming Rockets (HM17M1)

Location: Havre De Grace, MD 21078 Harford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 32.378', W 76° 5.099'

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On the morning of May 3, 1813, the British came ashore at several points and set to work plundering and burning the town. they used Congreve rockets, which made horrible whizzing and popping sounds, to create chaos and terror.

The British confiscated belongings, destroying anything they did not take, and set fire to the buildings in town. Although initial reports said that every building in Havre de Grace was burned except one, later reports stated that 20 to 40 of the approximate 60 dwellings were lost.

"The air seemed alive with Congreve rockets, squirming and hissing about like so many fiery serpents"
Daniel Mallory, Short Stories and Reminiscences of the Last Fifty Years, 1842.

This Charles Hubbell painting called the Rockets' Red Glare depicts the Congreve rockets the British used in their attack on Havre de Grace.
Image courtesy of NASA

Congreve 12-pound Shell Rocket, circa 1808. Congreve rockets were used by the British to create chaos and terror as they raided Havre de Grace during the War of 1812.
Image - Brown University Library
HM NumberHM17M1
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:50pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 406766 N 4377225
Decimal Degrees39.53963333, -76.08498333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 32.378', W 76° 5.099'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 32' 22.68" N, 76° 5' 5.94" W
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Area Code(s)443, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 899 Concord St, Havre De Grace MD 21078, US
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