Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View (HM1IVT)

Location: North East, MD 21901 Cecil County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 29.586', W 75° 59.298'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

From Bulls (or Bull) Mountain, American militia had a commanding view of Elk Neck peninsula. The observed the Upper Chesapeake Bay and North East River to the north and west, and Elk River to the south and east.

As enemy ships approached on April 28, 1813, the Americans relayed news to military posts situated from here to Elkton.

"Early in the spring (of 1813) they established a camp of observation on the summit of Bulls Mountain, and stationed a company of cavalry there to watch the enemy and give notice of their approach"...
History of Cecil County, George Johnston, 1881.

Field Communications
Before radio and telegraph, signal systems and messengers on horseback relayed information. Flags in daytime and lanterns at night sometimes displayed coded messages. On Elk Neck peninsula, cavalry carried news from station to station.

(Inscription next to the image on the right) A page from Commodore John Rodger's signal book. Image/Courtesy Mystic Seaport, Denison-Rogers Collection.

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 19th, 2015 at 1:05pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 415017 N 4371964
Decimal Degrees39.49310000, -75.98830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 29.586', W 75° 59.298'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 29' 35.16" N, 75° 59' 17.88" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near North East Beach Road, North East MD 21901, US
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