A Diversion

A Diversion (HM1J1N)

Location: Rock Hall, MD 21661 Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 8.562', W 76° 15.102'

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— War of 1812 —

Captain Peter Parker arrived at Swan Creek in the HMS Menelaus August 20, 1814. The British had terrorized towns in the Upper Bay all summer, but Parker came with a special mission—-to divert attention from a strike against the U.S. Capital.
While Parker raided Rock Hall, the main British force began its march to Washington from Southern Maryland.
Ravaging Storm
Parker's squadron was still anchored off Rock Hall August 25 when the fierce storm that doused the smoldering Capitol Building and White House wreaked across the Bay. The British lost a supply of weapons when the vessel Mary capsized at Swan Point.
"The enemy passed...(Rock Hall) early in the morning up the bay, and proceeded above Pool's Island, where they...sent their barge out in all directions, both in the Western and Eastern Shores."
Baltimore Federal Gazette, July 15, 1814.
(Inscription under the image on the left) Frigate HMS Menelaus by Lt. William Innes Pocock. Image/National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
(Inscription under the image in the upper right) Peter Parker by John Hoppner, c. 1808-10. Image National Maritime Museum Greenwich, London
HM NumberHM1J1N
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 Friday, February 6th, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 391829 N 4333358
Decimal Degrees39.14270000, -76.25170000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 8.562', W 76° 15.102'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 8' 33.72" N, 76° 15' 6.12" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20790 Rock Hall Ave, Rock Hall MD 21661, US
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