Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Three weeks before Francis Scott Key immortalized the "rockets red glare" over Fort McHenry in the "Star Spangled Banner," British rockets screamed over the battlefield here. Congreve rockets reached targets a mile or more away. British artillery also included one 6 pounder and two 3 pounders -- named for the weight of their cannonballs.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 56.458′ N, 76° 56.466′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Upshur Street near Baltimore Avenue (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. On Upshur Street across from the Indian Queen Tavern at 4302 Baltimore Avenue on the north end of the Bladensburg Balloon Gardens Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Bladensburg Monuments (here, next to this marker); George Washington House (a few steps from this marker); The Road to the Capital (a few steps from this marker); Indian Queen Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Undaunted In Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peace Cross (about 600 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); World War II Honor Roll (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bladensburg.
Also see . . .
1. The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. This link appears on the marker. (Submitted on November 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. This link also appears on the marker. (Submitted on November 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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