Warships and Raids

Warships and Raids (HM1AD5)

Location: Huntingtown, MD 20639 Calvert County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 37.537', W 76° 40.537'

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War vessels passed by here in 1814.
The Chesapeake Flotilla, consisting of 50- and 75-foot gun barges, sought safety in shallow waters upstream. British ships hotly pursued, and Americans eventually scuttled the flotilla to keep it from enemy hands.

The British conducted raids June 15-17 upriver at Lower Marlboro and magruders Landing, and downriver at Hollands Cliffs.

Ambush Foiled
On the heights just downriver at Hollands Cliffs local militia prepared to ambush a British raiding party. Warned by runaway slaves, the raiders landed Royal Marines to flank the Americans. In retaliation for a few shots fired at them, the British burned a nearby barn full of tobacco.

[text with image on right] "When I tell you the mischief the British have done it will be enough to make you and every man abuse [President] Jim Madison and old [Commodore Joshua] Barney in Hell..." - Calvert County citizen Thomas B. King, July 14, 1814.
HM NumberHM1AD5
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 3:50am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 354139 N 4276563
Decimal Degrees38.62561667, -76.67561667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 37.537', W 76° 40.537'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 37' 32.22" N, 76° 40' 32.22" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1750 Kings Landing Ct, Huntingtown MD 20639, US
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