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

The Road to the Capital

Battle of Bladensburg

 

—Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —

 
The Road to the Capital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2014
1. The Road to the Capital Marker
Inscription. The War of 1812 raged on land and sea, touching every border of the young nation. On August 24, 1814, after two years at war, the Americans faced the British here at Bladensburg.

While the American militia were unable to hold back the British attack at the Anacostia River, Marines and sailors —including U. S. Chesapeake Flotillamen—set up a defense blocking the road outside present-day Fort Lincoln Cemetery. After hours of intense fighting, American forces were overrun and British troops marched to invade the Nation's Capital.
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 56.449′ N, 76° 56.464′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) near Upshur Place. Click for map. Marker is on the north end of Bladensburg Balloon Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bladensburg Monuments (a few steps from this marker); British Advance (a few steps from this marker);
Three Markers image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2014
2. Three Markers
This marker is to the right of the "Bladensburg Monuments" marker.
George Washington House (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Queen Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Undaunted In Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Peace Cross (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); World War II Honor Roll (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bladensburg.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Landscape - 1814 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2014
3. Landscape - 1814
In the summer of 1814, the landscape of the battlefield was very different than today. Once outside the village of Bladensburg in modern Cottage City and Colmar Manor, buildings gave way to open countryside—gently rolling terrain with farm fields, orchards and forests.

Bostwick can be seen near the center of Gerry Embleton's painting with the George Washington House on the left.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
Map image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2014
4. Map
This map shows the progression of the Battle from the Town of Bladensburg toward the Capitol via the turnpike (Modern U.S. Alt 1) and Bunker Hill Road.
Close-up of map on marker
12:30 PM. August 24, 1814 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 2, 2014
5. 12:30 PM. August 24, 1814
After several attempts to cross the Eastern Branch bridge, Col. Thornton's 1st Brigade finally crosses the bridge (while a smaller force fords the river) and drives the first American Line from the field.
Detail of Steven Stanley's Map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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