Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
St. John's Episcopal Church survived the British attack on Havre de Grace May 3, 1813. The enemy spared the 1809 structure but damaged the interior. According to a newspaper account: "Finding nothing to steal (the raiders) 'magnanimously' attacked the windows(s) with brick bats and stones, and demolished them."
"One would suppose...they would have shown some respect to this building as...'The English Church'...But it seems all sense of shame was lost...Plunder and devastation was the order of the day..."
-Rev. James Jones Wilmer, 1813
First-person accounts of the devastation at Havre de Grace fueled newspaper reports of "wanton barbarity among civilized people." British Rear Admiral George Cockburn, portrayed as a villainous "violator of all laws, human (and) divine," struck terror as he made an example of Havre de Grace for other towns.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 32.875′ N, 76° 5.507′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Avenue and Congress Street, on the right Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War in the Chesapeake (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "O! say can you see..." (about 400 feet away); Surprise Attack (about 400 feet away); Out of the Flames (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rochambeau Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); Matilda O'Neill Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Susquehanna River Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Havre de Grace.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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