The Road to the Capitol, a War Memorial

The Road to the Capitol, a War Memorial (HM1U3X)

Location: Colmar Manor, MD 20722 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.989', W 76° 57.099'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

—Battle of Bladensburg —

The War of 1812 raged on land and sea, touching every border of the young nation. On August 24, 1814, after two years at war, the Americans faced the British here at Bladensburg.

While the American militia were unable to hold back the British attack at the Anacostia River, Marines and sailors —including U. S. Chesapeake Flotillamen—set up a defense blocking the road outside present-day Fort Lincoln Cemetery. After hours of intense fighting, American forces were overrun and British troops marched to invade the Nation's Capital.

(Inscription under the image in the lower right)In the summer of 1814, the landscape of the battlefield was very different than it is today. Once outside the village of Bladensburg, in modern Cottage City and Colmar Manor, buildings gave way to open countryside—gently rolling terrain with farm fields, orchards, and forest.

(Inscription above the map on the left side) This map shows the progression of the Battle from the Town of Bladensburg toward the Capitol via the Turnpike (modern U.S. Alt 1) and Bunker Hill Road.
HM NumberHM1U3X
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 Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330837 N 4311169
Decimal Degrees38.93315000, -76.95165000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.989', W 76° 57.099'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 59.34" N, 76° 57' 5.94" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3554-3598 37th Ave, Colmar Manor MD 20722, US
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