Clever Ruse

Clever Ruse (HM1J23)

Location: Rock Hall, MD 21661 Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 3.228', W 76° 13.332'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historical Trail

— War of 1812 —

Lieutenant Colonel Philip Reed and his Maryland militia allegedly tried to fool British Troops at anchor off the Chester River. He directed his small force of cavalry to ferry back and forth between mainland and Eastern Neck Island, hoping British lookouts would think the American force was larger than it actually was.

Menacing Raids
Sir Peter Parker landed on the Eastern Shore on August 28, 1814, to lead a series of raids. The British destroyed property and routed some cavalry who were "smashingly dressed in Blue and long...feathers in their hats."
"Running down the Eastern shore of Maryland on (August) 27...I was surprised to observe the Enemy's Regular Troops and Militia in Motion along the whole coast."
British Captain Sir Peter Parker to Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane, August 29, 1814.
(Inscription below the portrait in the lower center) Philip Reed Image/Cincinnati Museum of Art.
(Inscription beside the image in the lower right) Trooper Light Cavalry, Maryland Volunteer Militia, 1814 by Herbert Knotal. Image/Courtesy Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library

HM NumberHM1J23
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 Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 394246 N 4323457
Decimal Degrees39.05380000, -76.22220000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 3.228', W 76° 13.332'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 3' 13.68" N, 76° 13' 19.92" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1632-1636 MD-445, Rock Hall MD 21661, US
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