“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Taylors Island in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Becky Phipps

The Becky Phipps Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, November 4, 2007
1. The Becky Phipps Marker
Inscription. This cannon was captured in 1814 from a tender of the British ship of war "Dauntless".

Lieut. Phipps and crew of 17 men and one colored woman were taken prisoners at James' Point by Capt. Joseph Stewart's company of militia composed of men from Taylor's Island and Tobacco Stick.
Erected by Dorset Chapter D.A.R.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 38° 28.174′ N, 76° 17.651′ W. Marker is in Taylors Island, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Taylors Island Road 1.1 miles west of Smithville Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is about 100 feet west of the Taylors Island bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Taylors Island MD 21669, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trapped (a few steps from this marker); Battle of the Ice Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); First School House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chapel of Ease Old Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); New Revived Church-Family & Faith Connections
The Becky Phipps image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, November 4, 2007
2. The Becky Phipps
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Bethlehem Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); Malone's Church-Ties that Bind (approx. 4.5 miles away); Madison-Preparing for Freedom (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Taylors Island.
Additional comments.
1. The name, Becky Phipps
According to Museums and Monuments of the Eastern Shore of Maryland by Mary U. Corddry, p. 83:

It was nicknamed "Becky" for the black cook who was captured with the British crew and "Phipps" for the British lieutenant.

The cannon was fired on special occasions but exploded when fired during a celebration of the election of Woodrow Wilson. It was later reassembled, mounted and marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
    — Submitted June 11, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

2. Story of the reconstruction of the cannon
I have a manuscript written by a relative sometime in the last century (it is not dated) telling of her grandfather's participation in the battle when the Becky Phipps was captured from the British. Her information came from the son of a close friend of her grandfather. According to her information, the cannon exploded when it was "fired by too heavy a charge after Cleveland's election." (She doesn't say which election, since Cleveland was elected twice.)

She goes on to say that the family of Duncan Noble, the source of her information, collected the parts of the cannon (she actually saw the parts in their garden) and had the cannon reassembled and mounted on a concrete base at the entrance to Taylor's Island.
    — Submitted April 4, 2009, by Ann Weber of Westminster, Marylnad.

Categories. African AmericansWar of 1812
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,812 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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