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Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Restless Time

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Restless Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
1. Restless Time Marker
Inscription. About 3,200 American Troops waited at Long Old Fields on August 22, 1814,while Brigadier General William Winder Considered his next move. Camped eight miles from Washington, they could respond if the enemy advanced from either the Patuxent or the Potomac.

Fearing a night attack, Winder moved the troops to the Washington Navy Yard. British patrols en route to Bladensburg arrived at Long Old Fields just after the Americans left.
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 48.025′ N, 76° 49.533′ W. Marker is in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Woodyard Road. Click for map. The marker is in Mellwood Pond Community Park on Woodyard Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6491 Woodyard Road, Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cat and Mouse (here, next to this marker); “Melwood Park” (approx. 0.9 miles away); His Lordship’s Kindness (approx. 1.8 miles away); Slaves’ Infirmary [on His Lordship’s Kindness]
Restless Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
2. Restless Time Marker
Next to Cat and Mouse marker
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Mount Airy (approx. 2.4 miles away); U.S. Air Force Special Air Missions (approx. 2.9 miles away); Marlborough (approx. 4 miles away); Tomb of Dr. William Beanes (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Upper Marlboro.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Long Old Fields image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
3. Long Old Fields
"[Brigadier] General Winder retired...to a place called Old Fields, which covered equally Bladensburg and the bridges on the Eastern Branch, and Fort Washington." - Secretary of State James Monroe, November 13, 1814.
Close-up of Lossing's 1850 Map on marker
False Alarm image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
4. False Alarm
Cattle running through the camp about 2:00 a.m. on August 23 spooked some of the edgy soldiers, who feared it was the enemy attack. Despite their sleepless night, the troops put on "a good appearance" for President Madison's review that morning.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton image on marker
Starbucks at Long Old Fields image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
5. Starbucks at Long Old Fields
Starbucks in Forestville marks the approximate site of Long Old Fields. As Ralph Echelman says, "The area is heavily developed and retains no historical integrity."
Mellwood Pond image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
6. Mellwood Pond
Fishing Pond
Community Park
Donated by Mitchells
MNCPCC
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 256 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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