Surprise at Queenstown

Surprise at Queenstown (HM19S3)

Location: Queenstown, MD 21658 Queen Anne's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 59.433', W 76° 9.458'

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The British set out from Kent Island to attack Queenstown on August 13, 1813. The land and water contingents numbered 300 troops each. Intending to surprise the Queen Anne's County militia, they mistakenly fired, warning the Americans. British barges missed their intended landing point at Bowlingly, arriving at Blakeford instead. These errors enabled the militia to escape to Centreville. The British retaliated by ransacking Bowlingly, a prominent home in Queenstown. The skirmish that foiled the surprise became known as the Battle of Slippery Hill. British and Americans exchanged fire on Queenstown Road. An American militiaman shot the horse out from under British commanding officer Sir Sydney Beckwith, escalating the confusion among the British ranks.
HM NumberHM19S3
Placed ByNational Park Serivce, US Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 8:09am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 399743 N 4316365
Decimal Degrees38.99055000, -76.15763333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.433', W 76° 9.458'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 25.98" N, 76° 9' 27.48" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7104 Main St, Queenstown MD 21658, US
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