Hollywood in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
War Hits Home
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
In June 1814 British forces landed near Sotterley, scattering some 300 American militia camped here. After burning a house and a warehouse full of tobacco, the British left with 48 of Sotterley's slaves.
"The people on either side of the Patuxent are in the greatest alarm and consternation... those that remained at home all their slaves have left them and come to us..." -- British Captain Joseph Nourse to Rear Admiral George Cockburn, July 23, 1814.
Call to Freedom
The British enticed slaves to leave the plantations -- a tactic to acquire local knowledge and cripple the economy. roughly 4,000 enslaved men, women and children escaped to the British. Many were trained for the military. Four Sotterley slave who fled in June 1813 returned to help others escape.
Erected 2012 by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 22.561′ N, 76° 32.493′ W. Marker Click for map. The marker is on Sotterley Plantation just southeast of the main house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood MD 20636, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Tobacco's Impact (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Port of Entry (approx. ¼ mile away); Rosedale (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Place in Chesapeake History (approx. 2.1 miles away); June 1814 — War Visits the Patuxent (approx. 2.1 miles away); Idyllic Retreat — Beach House on the Point (approx. 2.1 miles away); Smith’s St. Leonard Site (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hollywood.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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