Trapped (HM1HSM)

Location: Church Creek, MD 21622 Dorchester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 28.182', W 76° 17.664'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Local militia attacked a British raiding party whose vessel was icebound near James Island February 7, 1815. Protected by a breastwork of ice, the Americans continued firing until the crew of 20 surrendered.

The two-hour skirmish, the "Battle of the Ice Mound," was the last engagement of the war in Maryland. Ratification of a peace treaty occurred 10 days later.

"After an engagement kept...for about two hours, suddenly the whole party of the enemy appeared upon deck and cried out for quarters, waving their handkerchief."American Private Joseph Fookes Stewart, February 19, 1815.

(Side bar) War PrizesThe victorious militia took the British crew as prisoners and confiscated the boat, a 12-pounder carronade, and other weapons. Later the militiamen shared $1,800, awarded by Congress for capturing and enemy vessel.

Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 387081 N 4258724
Decimal Degrees38.46970000, -76.29440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 28.182', W 76° 17.664'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 28' 10.92" N, 76° 17' 39.84" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 634 MD-16, Church Creek MD 21622, US
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