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Queenstown in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Protecting the Homefront

Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Protecting the Homefront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
1. Protecting the Homefront Marker
Inscription. Following the Chesapeake and Leopard affair in 1807 where American sailors were impressed into British service, there was outrage on the Eastern Shore. One of the three American sailors forcibly taken aboard the HMS Leopard was John Stachan, a native of Queen Anne’s County.

Militia companies formed across the Eastern Shore including the 35th and 38th Regiment of the Maryland Militia in Queen Anne’s County and were led by prominent local citizens. These troops were involved in the Battle of Slippery Hill August 13, 1813.

Commanding Officer 38th Regiment: Lt. Col. Thomas Wright
Wright was ill at time of the British attack and turned command over to Major William H. Nicholson.

Commanding Officer on the Field at Queenstown: Major William Hopper Nicholson
Commanding Officer of the Queen Anne’s County militia at time of the attack on Queenstown. Well respected and from a distinguished Eastern Shore family, Nicholson was the Queen Anne’s County Register of Wills.

In Command of the Artillery; Capt. Gustavus Tidmarsh Wright
The son of Robert Wright, a former Maryland Governor and Congressman from Queen Anne’s County. Gustavus had a reputation for fighting, drinking and dueling.

In Command of the Troop of Horse (Cavalry): Capt. Thomas Emory
Great horsemanship

Close up of the map on the Protecting the Homefront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Protecting the Homefront Marker
1795 map by Dennis Griffith Maryland Historical Society
was a boast that a number of men on the Eastern Shore could make, few did. However, when it came to combining patriotism, leadership and horsemanship, no man could surpass Thomas Emory.

In Command of the Slippery Hill Picket Guard: Capt. James Massey
Greatly respected by his men, Massey commanded the Slippery Hill Picket Guard on August 13, 1813. He was a local plantation owner and later purchased the Bowlingly Estate in Queenstown which was sacked by the British during the action.

Commanding Officer of the 35th Regiment: Lt. Col. James Brown
Most of the companies under Brown served in Chestertown in early 1813 and were assigned to protect Queen Anne’s County waterways.
 
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° 57.931′ N, 76° 10.92′ W. Marker is in Queenstown, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Queenstown MD 21658, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle Enjoined! (here, next to this marker); British Command

Protecting the Homefront Marker is one of the three markes shown in the photo image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
3. Protecting the Homefront Marker is one of the three markes shown in the photo
(here, next to this marker); Lure of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Slippery Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Road to Battle (approx. half a mile away); Governor William Grason (approx. 1.1 miles away); “Lord’s Gift” (approx. 1.7 miles away); Colonial Courthouse (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Queenstown.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Protecting the Homefront Marker-38th Regiment members image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
4. Protecting the Homefront Marker-38th Regiment members
Protecting the Homefront Marker-38th Regiment members continued image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
5. Protecting the Homefront Marker-38th Regiment members continued
Protecting the Homefront Marker-35th Regiment members image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
6. Protecting the Homefront Marker-35th Regiment members
Distant shot showing all the markers image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
7. Distant shot showing all the markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 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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