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

Misery

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Misery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 1, 2015
1. Misery Marker
Inscription. In the stifling heat on August 24, 1814, British soldiers struggled to keep up their march. They rested at Addison Chapel prior to that afternoon’s battle at Bladensburg.

Despite an altered roofline, chapel resembles the 1809 structure seen by the British. Benjamin Stoddert, first U.S. secretary of the navy, is buried there.

Surprise Switch
The British brought few horses and picked up others along the way. Tradition holds that a British sympathizer on a fine horse greeted British officers resting at Addison Chapel. To his surprise, they took his horse and sent him off on a worn-out hack.

“The sun…now beat upon us in full force; and the dust rising in thick masses from under our feet…flew directly into our faces…”
-British Lt. George Robert Gleig.

(Inscription beside the image in the center)
Weary from days of marching, the British troops rested when they had a chance.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.892′ N, 76° 54.588′ W. Marker is in Capitol Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's

Misery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 1, 2015
2. Misery Marker
County. Marker is on Addison Road. Click for map. The marker is located at the entrance gate to the Addison Chapel. Marker is in this post office area: Capitol Heights MD 20743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. All Veterans of Seat Pleasant (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Honor of the Men and Women of Fairmount Heights who Served in World War II (approx. 0.3 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone East (approx. 0.4 miles away in District of Columbia); Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 9 (approx. ¾ mile away in District of Columbia); Highland Park High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Whirl on the Ferris Wheel (approx. 1.2 miles away in District of Columbia); Original Federal Boundary Stone SE 1 (approx. 1.3 miles away in District of Columbia); With These Hands (approx. 1.3 miles away in District of Columbia).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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