Misery (HM1IPC)

Location: Seat Pleasant, MD 20743 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.892', W 76° 54.588'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

In the stifling heat on August 24, 1814, British soldiers struggled to keep up their march. They rested at Addison Chapel prior to that afternoon's battle at Bladensburg.

Despite an altered roofline, chapel resembles the 1809 structure seen by the British. Benjamin Stoddert, first U.S. secretary of the navy, is buried there.

Surprise Switch
The British brought few horses and picked up others along the way. Tradition holds that a British sympathizer on a fine horse greeted British officers resting at Addison Chapel. To his surprise, they took his horse and sent him off on a worn-out hack.

"The sun...now beat upon us in full force; and the dust rising in thick masses from under our feet...flew directly into our faces..."
-British Lt. George Robert Gleig.

(Inscription beside the image in the center) Weary from days of marching, the British troops rested when they had a chance.

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 Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 334383 N 4307213
Decimal Degrees38.89820000, -76.90980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.892', W 76° 54.588'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 53.52" N, 76° 54' 35.28" W
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Area Code(s)202, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5610-5698 Addison Rd, Seat Pleasant MD 20743, US
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