Striking a Blow

Striking a Blow (HM1EGI)

Location: Perryville, MD 21903 Cecil County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 34.605', W 76° 1.999'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

After burning much of Havre de Grace May 3, 1813, British raiders crossed the Susquehanna to Cecil County. At Principio Iron Works they captured a five-gun battery and destroyed the foundry complex and the bridge across Principio Creek. More than 40 finished cannon were also lost to the American war effort that day.

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Principio began operation in 1725 and by 1727 had Maryland's first blast furnace and refinery forge. By 1796 it supplied cannon for the U.S. Navy and privateers. A newspaper reported: "It is not improbable that this Furnace is the object of the enemy's approach to (the) neighborhood."

"The Cecil or Principio Foundery...was one of the most valuable Works of the Kind in America, the Destruction of it...will I trust prove of much national Importance."
British Rear Adm. George Cockburn to Adm. John B. Warren, May 3, 1813
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 5:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 411253 N 4381292
Decimal Degrees39.57675000, -76.03331667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 34.605', W 76° 1.999'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 34' 36.30" N, 76° 1' 59.94" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1700-1770 Philadelphia Rd, Perryville MD 21903, US
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