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Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tense Time

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Tense Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
1. Tense Time Marker
Inscription. Enemy ships lying off Sandy Point kept Annapolis on edge in August 1813, as the city braced for attack. It was a trying time for the British, too. A newspaper reported August 14: “Seven deserters came on shore at Sandy Point.” It was not unusual for sailors to seek escape from notorious conditions in the Royal Navy.

Sandy Point Home
Baptist Mezick, who served in the U.S. Marine Artillery, lived at Sandy Point. His 1863 obituary reported he had “retired to his beautiful residence on…the Chesapeake, where…with the roar of breakers sounding in his ear,” he died, age 90.

“Information was given that the enemy were landing on Sandy Point…The alarm proved false, but it gave us…pleasure to notice the promptitude displayed by the troops in the harbor.”
Annapolis, Maryland Republican, August 21, 1813.

Enemy vessels anchored close enough to the western shore in 1813 and 1814 that not only did sailors from the Royal Navy escape to shore but fugitive slaves fled to the British ships.

(Inscription next to the photo on the right)
Baptist Mezick bought Sandy Point Farm in 1833. Today the park’s boat ramps are located in Mezick Pond, named for the War of 1812 veteran.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the

Close up of map on the Tense Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
2. Close up of map on the Tense Time Marker
Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.864′ N, 76° 24.006′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on South Beach Road. Click for map. The marker is located in Sandy Point State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21409, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sandy Point Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); John Wilkes Booth (approx. ¼ mile away); Annapolis Laboratory (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fort Nonsense (approx. 4.1 miles away); Albert Cabell Ritchie (approx. 4.5 miles away); Battle of the Severn (approx. 4.5 miles away); Maryland World War II Memorial (approx. 4.5 miles away); Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Sandy Point Farm house in the distant image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
3. Sandy Point Farm house in the distant
Sandy Point Farm house close up image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
4. Sandy Point Farm house close up
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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