Inscription. John Hodges, the wealthy merchant who owned Darnall’s Chance, jailed the British soldiers that his neighbor William Beanes and other citizens arrested on August 27, 1814. The British threatened to “lay the town in ashes” unless their men were freed. Hodges reluctantly arranged their release. He was subsequently indicted for treason—the only known treason case from the War of 1812.
By Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
|1. Tried for Treason Marker|
Hodges lived here from 1799 to 1825. Other 1812-related sites are nearby. The grave of William Beanes is 0.3 mile west—his capture by the British led to the writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Trinity Church (0.3 mile farther south) is where British soldiers tore pages from the parish register.
“Not Guilty; the ‘circumstances under which he acted formed a good and sufficient excuse.’”
– Verdict in the treason trial of John Hodges, May 1815
Local citizens arrested British soldiers for looting.
IMAGE / © GERRY EMBLETON
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 49.143′ N, 76° 44.923′ W. Marker is in Upper Marlboro
, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Governor Oden Bowie Drive. Click for map. Darnall's Chance Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
|2. Tried for Treason Marker|
|In front of Darnall's Chance|
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Darnall’s Chance Burial Vault (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schoolhouse Pond (about 700 feet away); John Rogers (1723 - 1789) (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Walk of History (approx. 0.2 miles away); This White Oak Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Right Will Prevail (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Beanes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. William Beanes (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Upper Marlboro.