Road to Battle

Road to Battle (HM1J5Y)

Location: Grasonville, MD 21638 Queen Anne's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 57.642', W 76° 11.399'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

About 300 British soldiers approached Queenstown by road on August 13, 1813. Their part in a two-pronged attack involved a steamy march across Kent Island and The Narrows, towing two field cannon.
The nighttime march was interrupted near dawn by a skirmish with Americans at a rise in the road known as Slippery Hill. The British continued on to Queenstown, but the American militia had escaped to Centreville.
"At 10 minutes before 3 o'clock of the 13th I was aroused by the quick approach of horsemen...with the intelligence that the enemy was approaching in great force on the main road from Kent Narrows to Queen's Town."
Major William H. Nicholson, Maryland Militia, August 16, 1813.
According to a British officer's report, the day before the march a Captain Robertson "got acquainted with the road." He gathered the information while protected by a flag of truce.
(Inscription beside the image on the right) An encounter with American picket guards at Slippery Hill effectively ended the British attack on Queenstown.
HM NumberHM1J5Y
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 14th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 396898 N 4313088
Decimal Degrees38.96070000, -76.18998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 57.642', W 76° 11.399'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 57' 38.52" N, 76° 11' 23.94" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5339-5399 Main St, Grasonville MD 21638, US
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