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

Cat and Mouse

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Cat and Mouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
1. Cat and Mouse Marker
Inscription. American and British forces prepared for combat. American troops gathered at nearby Woodyard Plantation. They then marched northwest to an encampment at Long Old Fields.

The British camped in what is now Andrews Air Force Base. Before the Americans fell back to Washington on August 23, 1814, barely two miles separated the enemy camps. The next day the armies clashed at Bladensburg.

“Arrived at the Woodyard…about the time [British Major General] Ross arrived at Nottingham…Had we moved a day sooner, or…faster…we might have struck a fine blow—capturing or killing the whole of Ross’s party.” – American Colonel Allen McClane, August 22, 1814
 
Erected 2014.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 48.024′ N, 76° 49.535′ W. Marker is in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Woodyard Road. Click for map. Marker is in Melwood Pond Community Park on Woodyard Road. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Restless Time (here, next
Cat and Mouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
2. Cat and Mouse Marker
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] (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
 
Cat and Mouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
3. Cat and Mouse Marker
beside the 'Restless Time' marker
Mellwood Pond Communty Park image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
4. Mellwood Pond Communty Park
Wilkinson's Map image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
5. Wilkinson's Map
Opposing camps were surprisingly close in August 1814. 1814 British Invasion Route by American Major Gen. James Wilkinson (1816)
Close-up of map on marker
Unexpected Guests image. Click for full size.
By John O. Brostrup;, March 27, 1936
6. Unexpected Guests
Melwood House, circa 1700s, was en route to where the British camped on August 23. Local lore claims that British officers, including Major General Robert Ross, invited themselves to dinner with Melwood’s owner, widow Mary Carroll Digges.
HABS Photo reproduced on marker
Melwood House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2014
7. Melwood House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 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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