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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Under Attack

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Under Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
1. Under Attack Marker
Inscription. The British under Rear Admiral George Cockburn attacked Havre de Grace on May 3, 1813. They went from house to house, burning and confiscating belongings along the way. Beds were ripped apart, and furniture and clothing were ruined.

"The hills were covered with flying, frightened and half-dressed people...Behind us the flames and smoke of the burning village, as they circled and rolled about. (fromed) dark thin clouds..."
Daniel Mallory, Short Stories and Reminiscences of the Last Fifty Years, 1842

This famous image of the British plundering and burning Havre de Grace during the War of 1812 endures and shows first-hand the destruction the British caused. The building on fire to the left is Mrs. Sears' tavern. Rear Admiral Cockburn is in the middle with the sword.
Admiral Cockburn Burning and Plundering Havre de Grace, William Charles, ca. 1813
Image courtesy Maryland Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.155′ N, 76° 5.46′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is on N. Union Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in David Craig Park. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Under Attack Marker on left with original railroad bridge piers in center. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
2. Under Attack Marker on left with original railroad bridge piers in center.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Susquehanna Lower Ferry (a few steps from this marker); The Lock House (within shouting distance of this marker); Susquehanna River Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Matilda O'Neill Home (about 500 feet away); Out of the Flames (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rochambeau Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nineteenth Century Travel (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Categories. DisastersWar of 1812
 
Burning Mrs. Sears tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 5, 2013
3. Burning Mrs. Sears tavern
Admiral Cockburn burning and plundering Havre de Grace image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 5, 2013
4. Admiral Cockburn burning and plundering Havre de Grace
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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