Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kennedyville in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Reluctant Aide

Star-Spangled Banner National Historical Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Reluctant Aide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
1. Reluctant Aide Marker
Inscription. On May 6, 1813, the British landed barges at Turner’s Creek—a village of about 60 people and an active port for grains and flour. Resident John Stavely was forced to lead the enemy vessels to Fredericktown and Georgetown. After destroying those towns, the British returned to Turner’s Creek. They released Stavely unharmed, obtained supplies, and left peacefully.

“…what had passed at Havre, George Town, and Frederickstown had its Effect, and led these People to understand…they had more to hope for from our Generosity than from...opposing us.”
-British Rear Admiral George Cockburn to Admiral John B. Warren, May 6, 1813.

Wise Choice
Along the Sassafras and elsewhere, British Admiral Cockburn made good on his threat to punish resistance. Choosing not to resist, Turner’s Creek residents were left unharmed, and the British were “well pleased with… their mode of receiving us.” (Inscription beside the image on the left) As Georgetown burned, Kitty Knight reportedly persuaded Admiral Cockburn to spare the houses where she and an elderly neighbor lived.

(Inscription beside the image on the right)
The British claimed they paid the owners “full value” for supplies obtained at Turner’s Creek.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United

Reluctant Aide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
2. Reluctant Aide Marker
States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 21.468′ N, 75° 58.986′ W. Marker is in Kennedyville, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Turners Creek Road. Click for map. The marker is located on the left side at the end of the road. Marker is in this post office area: Kennedyville MD 21645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Turner's Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterfront Hub for Trade (within shouting distance of this marker); Agricultural Demonstration Area / Historic Tree Grove (approx. 0.2 miles away); Natural Diversity at Turner's Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Home with a Rich Past (approx. ¼ mile away); Captain John Smith on the Sassafras River (approx. ¼ mile away); The Tockwogh and the Bay (approx. ¼ mile away); Welcome to the Kent Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Turners Creek image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
3. Turners Creek
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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.
Paid Advertisement