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Brandywine in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Up in Flames
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
 
Up in Flames Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
1. Up in Flames Marker
 
Inscription. Tobacco was a target along the Patuxent in 1814. The British raided places stocked with hogsheads of tobacco ready for shipment. Filled with dried tobacco leaves, the wooden barrels burned easily. Imagine the spectacle on June 17 when 1,100 hogsheads went up in flames at Moil and Magruder warehouse, located north of here at the end of Magruders Ferry Road.

Dual Strategy
By destroying tobacco the British hit where it hurt most—the heart of the regionís economy. They had another reason for the raids. Joshua Barneyís Chesapeake Flotilla was out of reach in St. Leonard Creek. By increasing raids along the Patuxent, the British hoped to force Barney out to defend local property.

“It would have distressed you to see the tobacco at Magruderís burning, as I did... Eleven hundred hogsheads, nearly all consumed.”
– Unknown merchant, New York Herald, June 25, 1814

IMAGE / © GERRY EMBLETON

U.S. Flotilla in St. Leonard Creek by Com. Joshua Barney, June 1814 IMAGE / COURTESY NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION"
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 38.399′ N, 76° 41.655′ W. Marker is in Brandywine, Maryland, in Prince George's County
 
Up in Flames Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
2. Up in Flames Marker
 
. Marker can be reached from Magruder's Ferry Road 1.1 miles east of Croom Road (Maryland Route 382). Click for map. Just before the gate on Macgruder Ferry Road, enter the Clyde Watson Boating Area and follow road about 1000 feet to the pier. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17901 Magruder's Ferry Road, Brandywine MD 20613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Lower Marlboro (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lower Marlboro Town (approx. 1.3 miles away); Warships and Raids (approx. 1.4 miles away); Immanuel Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Calvert County (approx. 4.6 miles away); Nottingham (approx. 4.8 miles away); Changing Guard (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
Up in Flames Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
3. Up in Flames Marker
Looking south down the Patuxent River.
 
 
Patuxent River Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
4. Patuxent River
Looking north from the pier next to the marker.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2012, by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland. This page has been viewed 100 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on November 26, 2012, by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • F. Robby was the editor who published this page.
 
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