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Leonardtown in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Town Spared

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A Town Spared Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
1. A Town Spared Marker
Inscription. In July 1813, British troops seized St. Clements and St. George Islands and established a base at Point Lookout. From there they repeatedly raided the countryside, terrorizing local residents

They ramped up their assault in the summer of 1814 with a series of raids along the Potomac side of St. Mary's County, beginning with Leonardtown. On July 19 the British approached the town by land and water. A regiment of county militia stationed in Leonardtown withdrew in advance of the enemy. Meeting no resistance, the British spared the town the devastation the inflicted at Chaptico and elsewhere.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 17.347′ N, 76° 38.096′ W. Marker is in Leonardtown, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Guyther Drive when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leonardtown MD 20650, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Comes to Breton Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Tudor Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Cannon (about 300 feet away); Leonardtown
A Town Spared Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
2. A Town Spared Marker
(about 300 feet away); The Great House (about 400 feet away); World War I Monument -- Leonardtown (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Leonardtown (about 800 feet away); The Mural Story (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leonardtown.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
A Town Spared Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
3. A Town Spared Marker
British Raiders image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
4. British Raiders
British raiders seized arms, flour, tobacco, and other spoils. Plundering was not only malicious but a way to provision their troops.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
Admiral Cockburn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
5. Admiral Cockburn
Rear Admiral George Cockburn commanded the British Royal Navy on the Chesapeake.
Close-up of painting on marker
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
6. Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Close-up of map on marker
You Are Here<br>Leonardtown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
7. You Are Here
Leonardtown
Detail of map on marker
Christ Episcopal Church, Chaptico image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
8. Christ Episcopal Church, Chaptico
Site of a British raid in July 1814.
Close-up of photo on marker
Calvert Marine Museum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 10, 2015
9. Calvert Marine Museum
Exhibits depicting the British presence in Southern Maryland.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 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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