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Fairlee in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Caulk’s Field
War of 1812
 
Battle of Caulk's Field Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, October 18, 2007
1. Battle of Caulk's Field Marker
 
Inscription. Kent County Militia under Lt. Col. Philip A. Reed marched from Belle Air (Fairlee) to meet British Forces here on August 31, 1814. The British with 15 killed, were repulsed and their commander, Sir Peter Parker, mortally wounded. American losses were slight.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 12.102′ N, 76° 11.227′ W. Marker is in Fairlee, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Maryland Route 20 0.3 miles north of Maryland Route 21, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chestertown MD 21620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caulk’s Field Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bass Propagation Lake (approx. 2.3 miles away); Tolchester Beach Amusement Park (approx. 3 miles away); Martin Wagner (approx. 3.7 miles away); Captain Lambert Wickes (approx. 5.1 miles away); Stanley B. Vansant Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Rock Hall (approx. 5.2 miles away); Rock Hall Landing (approx. 5.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairlee.
 
Additional comments.
1. Battle of Caulk’s Field Marker
The wording on the marker appears incorrect. In conversation with local historian Stanley Quick, I realised that what is stated on the monument is a misreading of Lt. Col. Philip Reed's after-battle report, which was written from Belle Air (Fairlee), and gave the impression he and his troops had marched from that location to meet the British. In fact, the militiamen were camped nearer the beach, at Georgetown Crossroads, and made a retrograde march a few hundred yards to meet the British at Caulk's Field.
 
Caulk's Field Monument sign at the the corner of Tolchester Road and Caulk's Field Road Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
2. Caulk's Field Monument sign at the the corner of Tolchester Road and Caulk's Field Road
 
    — Submitted August 24, 2009, by Christopher T. George of Baltimore, Maryland.

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,434 times since then. Last updated on January 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on January 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
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