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Easton in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bracing for an Attack

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Bracing for an Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
1. Bracing for an Attack Marker
Inscription. Easton expected to be a British target during the War of 1812. A two-story brick armory in the center of town housed cannon, small arms, and military stores to serve all Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Fort Stoakes, an earthworks built to protect Easton from a waterside attack, reportedly accommodated 500 men. Two armed barges on the Tred Avon River provided additional security.

British raiders terrorized the Eastern Shore in 1813 and 1814. Queenstown, St. Michaels, Fredericktown, and Georgetown were attacked, plus numerous farms and plantations were plundered. However, Fort Stoakes was never tested, and Easton survived unscathed.

(Inscription above the photo in the lower right)
A rare photograph of the octagonal brick armory built by the State of Maryland in 1811-12.

“The town of Easton, being a place in which many of the public records are lodged, and …there is an armoury of the state, it is of importance that every protection and security which can be afforded to it…should properly be given.”
Governor Levin Winder to Secretary of War John Armstrong, March 30, 1813.

Places to explore the War of 1812 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
*Queenstown-British attacked by land and water; engaged Americans in the Battle of Slippery Hill
*Chesapeake Exploration Center at Ferry Point Park-Information

Close up of the map on the Bracing for an Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Bracing for an Attack Marker
on the British occupation of Kent Island in 1813
*Taylors Island-Site of the Battle of Ice Mound, the last engagement of the war in Maryland
*St. Michaels-Successfully repulsed British attacks twice in 1813
*Georgetown-Kitty Knight House survived the British raid of 1813.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 46.081′ N, 76° 5.642′ W. Marker is in Easton, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Port Street. Click for map. The marker is near the Easton Point Marina. Marker is in this post office area: Easton MD 21601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The “Mannour of Ratcliffe” (approx. 0.8 miles away); Third Haven (approx. one mile away); Vietnam War (approx. one mile away); To the Talbot Boys (approx. one mile away); Talbot County Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Talbot Resolves (approx. 1.1 miles away); Birthplace of Tench Francis, Jr. (approx. 1.1 miles away); Betty’s Cove Meetinghouse (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Easton.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Bracing for an Attack Marker near the parking lot of the Easton Point Marina image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
3. Bracing for an Attack Marker near the parking lot of the Easton Point Marina
Bracing for an Attack Marker at the foot of Port Street image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
4. Bracing for an Attack Marker at the foot of Port Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 2 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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