Bitter End

Bitter End (HM1IKZ)

Location: Lothian, MD 20711 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.684', W 76° 42.636'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

Joshua Barney's Chesapeake Flotilla was trapped in the shallows just upriver from here. With orders to keep his boats out of enemy hands, Barney reluctantly ordered his men to destroy the flotilla when the British approached. They laid trains of gunpowder to explosives aboard each barge. As the British rounded Pig Point south of here on August 22, 1814, the Americans touched off the first fuse.

"Should (the British) advance upon you with an overwhelming force, you will effectually destroy the flotilla by fire."Secretary of Navy William Jones to Joshua Barney, August 12, 1814.

Diving into HistoryThe remains of the approximately 16 flotilla barges were lost to time, sediment, and the shifting river. Underwater archaeological research, begun in 1978, uncovered the wreckage of one vessel, possibly the flagship Scorpion.

(Inscription beside the photo on the right) Divers excavate an 1812 vessel believed to be the flagship of the Chesapeake Flotilla.
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceBattlefield
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees38.81140000, -76.71060000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.684', W 76° 42.636'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 41.04" N, 76° 42' 38.16" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301, 240
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1598 Marlboro Rd, Lothian MD 20711, US
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