Star-Spangled Banner National Historic TrailJohn Hodges, the wealthy merchant who owned Darnall's Chance, jailed the British soldiers that his neighbor William Beanes and other citizens arrested on August 27, 1814. The British threatened to "lay the town in ashes" unless their men were freed. Hodges reluctantly arranged their release. He was subsequently indicted for treason—the only known treason case from the War of 1812.
Hodges lived here from 1799 to 1825. Other 1812-related sites are nearby. The grave of William Beanes is 0.3 mile west—his capture by the British led to the writing of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Trinity Church (0.3 mile farther south) is where British soldiers tore pages from the parish register.
"Not Guilty; the ?circumstances under which he acted formed a good and sufficient excuse.'"
- Verdict in the treason trial of John Hodges, May 1815
Local citizens arrested British soldiers for looting.IMAGE / ? GERRY EMBLETON
|Series||This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series|
|Placed By||National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 5:44pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 348185 N 4298149|
|Decimal Degrees||38.81905000, -76.74871667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 49.143', W 76° 44.923'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 49' 8.58" N, 76° 44' 55.38" W|
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|Area Code(s)||301, 202, 410|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 14920 Main St, Upper Marlboro MD 20772, US|
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