Strong Defense Historical

Strong Defense Historical (HM1TLT)

Location: Elkton, MD 21921 Cecil County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 35.764', W 75° 50.419'

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Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail-War of 1812

—Fort Hollingsworth-Elk Landing —

Three defensive earthworks safeguarded Elkton—-Fort Hollingsworth, here, plus Defiance and Frederick downriver. A 60-foot chain across the channel secured the Elk River. On April 29, 1813, defenders at Fort Defiance fired on approaching British barges, while Fort Hollingsworth fended off a land assault.
Elkton successfully repulsed the British again in 1814.

"(The British) essayed to reach Elkton, but finding a (defensive chain) across the river and the little battery at the Landing...they retreated..."Recollection of Judge Thomas J. Sample, February 24, 1872.

(Inscription beside the image in the bottom left) Elkton was successfully defended thanks to Fort Hollingsworth and two earthworks downriver.

According to legend, the British bribed an enslaved woman, Hetty Boulden, to guide them overland to Elkton. Instead, she led them to Cedar Point where American fire from Fort Hollingsworth drove them off. Years later, Boulden's obituary notes the incident.
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 427849 N 4383263
Decimal Degrees39.59606667, -75.84031667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 35.764', W 75° 50.419'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 35' 45.84" N, 75° 50' 25.14" W
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Area Code(s)443, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500-598 Landing Ln, Elkton MD 21921, US
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