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Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rude Awakening

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Rude Awakening Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
1. Rude Awakening Marker
Inscription. Early September 3, 1814, at Mitchell House, British raiders roused Joseph T. Mitchell and his wife from their bed, shot their horses, and abducted Mitchell. They believed he ws commissary general for all of Maryland.

His was a lesser job as commissary agent for Kent County’s militia, yet Mitchell spent three year in England, allegedly as a prisoner of war.

Unlikely Story
Sir Peter Parker, a popular young British officer, was killed at nearby Caulk’s Field August 31, 1814. Legend holds that his body was wrapped in a blanket from Mitchell House, but this site was on the route back to the enemy’s ships.

(Inscription beside the image on the left)
Sir Peter Parker captained the Menelaus before his death. Frigate HMS Menelaus by Lt. William Innes Pocock. Image/National Maritime Museum Greenwich, London.

(Inscription beside the image on the right)
British soldiers carried their fallen leader back to their ships.
 
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. 39° 13.182′ N, 76° 13.866′ W. Marker is in Chestertown, Maryland

Rude Awakening Marker-Mitchell House in the backgroung image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
2. Rude Awakening Marker-Mitchell House in the backgroung
, in Kent County. Marker is on Maryland Parkway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chestertown MD 21620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tolchester Beach Amusement Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Caulk’s Field Monument (approx. 2 miles away); Battle of Caulk’s Field (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bass Propagation Lake (approx. 3.4 miles away); Martin Wagner (approx. 4.8 miles away); American Mettle (approx. 5.1 miles away); A Diversion (approx. 5.4 miles away); Captain Lambert Wickes (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Welcome Mitchell House 1743 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
3. Welcome Mitchell House 1743
Mitchell House-front view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
4. Mitchell House-front view
The Inn at Mitchell House Circa 1743-Sign on the Highway at the entrance image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
5. The Inn at Mitchell House Circa 1743-Sign on the Highway at the entrance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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