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Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Against the Odds

Star-Spangled Banner National Trail

 
 
Against the Odds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
1. Against the Odds Marker
Inscription. Both a squadron of the British navy and severe weather challenged the famed Chesapeake Flotilla off Cedar Point on June 1, 1814. The modest fleet of armed barges was assembled by Joshua Barney to harass British ships. With an inadequate professional navy in the War of 1812, Barney's flotilla was the best hope for disrupting British operations on the Bay. After advancing on the superior British squadron, the flotilla escaped into the Patuxent and became trapped by enemy ships.

"...with a fresh wind, Squally & Rain...we doubled round cedar point...my Barges rowed down upon [the schooners] and gave them a number of shot at long distance. We then gave up the chase." -- Commodore Joshua Barney to Secretary of Navy William Jones, June 3, 1814.

Hazardous Duty

Barney's 500 flotillamen were a hardy -- perhaps foolhardy -- lot. They rowed into battle fully exposed to enemy fire and the elements. Cramped side-by-side, they rowed feverishly, muscles aching from maneuvering 50- and 75-foot barges,and jolted from guns fired onboard. Drenching rains and churning waters assaulted them off Cedar Point. Amazingly there were no casualties in the skirmish.
 
Erected 2012 by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker
Against the Odds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
2. Against the Odds Marker
is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 16.603′ N, 76° 27.794′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Three Notch Road (Maryland Route 5). Click for map. Marker is in front of the Patuxent Naval Air Museum at 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (a few steps from this marker); Cedar Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Grumman A-6 Intruder (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion (about 600 feet away); Welcome to the African American Monument of St. Mary's County (approx. one mile away); Architectural Significance of the First Lexington Park Community (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History (approx. 1.3 miles away); United States Colored Troops (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington Park.
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
The Chesapeake Flotilla image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
3. The Chesapeake Flotilla
Painting of Joshua Barney ca. 1817 by Rembrandt Peale image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
4. Painting of Joshua Barney ca. 1817 by Rembrandt Peale
Image/courtesy Maryland Historical Society BCLM-CA 682
Joshua Barney's sketch of a rowing barge image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
5. Joshua Barney's sketch of a rowing barge
From a display panel in the Patuxent Naval Air Museum
Map showing the Battles of Cedar Point and St. Leonard's Creek image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
6. Map showing the Battles of Cedar Point and St. Leonard's Creek
From a display inside the Patuxent Naval Air Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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