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

Tried for Treason

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Tried for Treason Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
1. Tried for Treason Marker
Inscription. John Hodges, the wealthy merchant who owned Darnallís Chance, jailed the British soldiers that his neighbor William Beanes and other citizens arrested on August 27, 1814. The British threatened to “lay the town in ashes” unless their men were freed. Hodges reluctantly arranged their release. He was subsequently indicted for treason—the only known treason case from the War of 1812.

Walking Tour
Hodges lived here from 1799 to 1825. Other 1812-related sites are nearby. The grave of William Beanes is 0.3 mile west—his capture by the British led to the writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Trinity Church (0.3 mile farther south) is where British soldiers tore pages from the parish register.

“Not Guilty; the Ďcircumstances under which he acted formed a good and sufficient excuse.í”
– Verdict in the treason trial of John Hodges, May 1815

Local citizens arrested British soldiers for looting. IMAGE / © GERRY EMBLETON
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 49.143′ N, 76° 44.923′ W. Marker is in Upper

Tried for Treason Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
2. Tried for Treason Marker
In front of Darnall's Chance
Marlboro, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Governor Oden Bowie Drive. Click for map. Darnall's Chance Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Darnallís Chance Burial Vault (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schoolhouse Pond (about 700 feet away); John Rogers (1723 - 1789) (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Walk of History (approx. 0.2 miles away); This White Oak Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Right Will Prevail (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Beanes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. William Beanes (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Upper Marlboro.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Local citizens arrested British soldiers for looting. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
3. Local citizens arrested British soldiers for looting.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton image on marker
Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
4. Walking Tour
Hodges lived here {at Darnall's Chance} from 1700 to 1825. Other 1812-related sites are nearby. The grave of William Beanes is 0.3 mile west—his capture by the British lead to the writing of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Trinity Church (0.3 mile farther south) is where British soldiers tore pages from the parish register.
Close-up of map on marker
Darnell's Chance image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 26, 2014
5. Darnell's Chance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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