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Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Explosive Scene

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Explosive Scene Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
1. Explosive Scene Marker
Inscription. Imagine this scene on August 22, 1814, when explosions erupted on the Patuxent! The U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla scuttled their own vessels when British pursuers approached. With the flotilla destroyed, the British landed about 500 troops at Mount Calvert. From here they marched to Upper Marlboro to join the main British invasion force.

“I instantly sent orders for our Marines and Naval Forces at Pig Point to be forthwith moved to Mount Calvert and…with the utmost expedition to join the Army, which I also most readily agreed to accompany.”
– British Rear Adm. George Cockburn to Vice Adm. Alexander F.I. Cochrane, August 27, 1814

On to Washington
Anchored off Mount Calvert, British Rear Admiral Cockburn reported “the complete destruction of this Flotilla of the Enemy which has lately occupied So much of our attention.” Cockburn set out to join the assault on Washington, D.C. At the same time, Joshua Barney with 400 American flotillamen rushed to help defend the capital.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 47.075′ N, 76° 42.909′ W. Marker is in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker

Explosive Scene Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 19, 2013
2. Explosive Scene Marker
is on Mount Calvert Road 0.2 miles east of McClure Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is within the Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, about 2.5 miles east of Croom Road (MD 382). Marker is at or near this postal address: 16801 Mount Calvert Road, Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Flotilla (a few steps from this marker); Chesapeake Beach Railway (a few steps from this marker); African-Americans at Mount Calvert (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Calvert Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Calvert Federal Period Plantation House (within shouting distance of this marker); Billingsley's Point (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Calvert, Early Town (about 400 feet away); Woodland Indians (about 400 feet away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Explosive Scene Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2013
3. Explosive Scene Marker
Explosive Scene Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 19, 2013
4. Explosive Scene Marker
Looking out toward the Patuxent River.
Explosive Scene Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 19, 2013
5. Explosive Scene Marker
Looking toward the Mount Calvert Plantation House.
Explosive Scene Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2013
6. Explosive Scene Marker
Overlooking the Patuxent River at Pig Point.
The Destruction of Barney's Flotilla image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2013
7. The Destruction of Barney's Flotilla
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
C. W. Cup image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2013
8. C. W. Cup
This grog cup was salvaged from an underwater excavation of a flotilla vessel. "C.W." may refer to Caesar Wentworth, ship's cook on the Scorpion.
Close-up of photo on marker
State Highway Administration
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • F. Robby was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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