Taking Command

Taking Command (HM1J17)

Location: Worton, MD 21678 Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.448', W 76° 5.532'

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— War of 1812 —

Lieutenant Colonel Philip Reed, buried here in 1829, excelled among Maryland militia officers. Reed countered several of the British hit-and-run raids along the Eastern Shore. His men fended off the enemy's attack at Worton Creek and claimed victory at Caulk's Field. Reed served as a U.S. senator (1806-1813) and was twice elected to Congress following the war.
"The enemy having made every effort in his power...manifested no disposition to follow us up, but retreated about the time our ammunition was exhausted."
-Lt. Colonel Philip A. Reed, September 3, 1814.
Timely Victory
Reed is best known for commanding the Maryland militia that withstood the British assault at Caulk's Field August 31, 1814. The victory boosted American morale following the British attack on Washington a few days earlier. (Image Cincinnati Museum of Art)
(Inscription under the sketch on the left) This British sketch depicting the Battle of Caulk's Field shows American positions in green and British positions in red and blue. Image: Courtesy National Archives of the United Kingdom, London.
HM NumberHM1J17
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 405811 N 4349616
Decimal Degrees39.29080000, -76.09220000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.448', W 76° 5.532'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 26.88" N, 76° 5' 31.92" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 25328 Lambs Meadow Rd, Worton MD 21678, US
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