Rude Awakening

Rude Awakening (HM1J1D)

Location: Chestertown, MD 21620 Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 13.182', W 76° 13.866'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

Early September 3, 1814, at Mitchell House, British raiders roused Joseph T. Mitchell and his wife from their bed, shot their horses, and abducted Mitchell. They believed he ws commissary general for all of Maryland.
His was a lesser job as commissary agent for Kent County's militia, yet Mitchell spent three year in England, allegedly as a prisoner of war.
Unlikely Story
Sir Peter Parker, a popular young British officer, was killed at nearby Caulk's Field August 31, 1814. Legend holds that his body was wrapped in a blanket from Mitchell House, but this site was on the route back to the enemy's ships.
(Inscription beside the image on the left) Sir Peter Parker captained the Menelaus before his death. Frigate HMS Menelaus by Lt. William Innes Pocock. Image/National Maritime Museum Greenwich, London.
(Inscription beside the image on the right) British soldiers carried their fallen leader back to their ships.
HM NumberHM1J1D
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 Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 393725 N 4341879
Decimal Degrees39.21970000, -76.23110000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 13.182', W 76° 13.866'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 13' 10.92" N, 76° 13' 51.96" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Baltimore St, Chestertown MD 21620, US
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