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Lower Marlboro in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Town Ravaged

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Town Ravaged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Town Ravaged Marker
Inscription. A British force of about 160 Royal Marines and 30 Colonial Marines (former slaves) took Lower Marlboro on June 15, 1814, without and resistance. Occupying the town overnight, they burned warehouses full of tobacco, stole a schooner, livestock, and poultry, and captured a civilian named J. W. Reynolds. Thirteen slaves escaped with them.

“They opened all the feather beds…broke the doors and windows out and so tore the houses to pieces inside as to render them of very little value”
Baltimore American & Commercial Daily Advertizer, June 20, 1814.

Battle Worn
Charles Ball, a former slave born in Calvert County, may have lived in Lower Marlboro. He was a cook with the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla during both battles of St. Leonard Creek. Present at the Battle of Bladensburg, Ball later noted that the militia “ran like sheep being chased by dogs.”

(Inscription below the image in the lower right)
Characterization of Charles Ball by Keith Rocco.
 
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° 39.346′ N, 76° 40.977′ 

Town Ravaged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Town Ravaged Marker
W. Marker is in Lower Marlboro, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Lower Marlboro Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Owings MD 20736, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lower Marlboro (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Lower Marlboro Town (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Up in Flames (approx. 1.3 miles away); Warships and Raids (approx. 2.1 miles away); Calvert County (approx. 3.4 miles away); A County in Ruin (approx. 3.4 miles away); Nottingham (approx. 3.9 miles away); Changing Guard (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Town Ravaged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Town Ravaged Marker
Town Ravaged Marker with the Patuxent River in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
4. Town Ravaged Marker with the Patuxent River in the background
Invasive Catfish in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
5. Invasive Catfish in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Battle Worn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 15, 2016
6. Battle Worn
Charles Ball, a former slave born in Calvert County, may have lived in Lower Marlboro. He was a cook with the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla during both battles of St. Leonard Creek. Present a the Battle of Bladensburg, Ball later noted the militia “ran like sheep being chased by dogs.”
Close-up of photo on marker — Characterization of Charles Ball by Keith Rocco
Ravaging the Town image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 15, 2016
7. Ravaging the Town
“They opened all the feather beds…broke the doors and windows out and so tore the houses to pieces inside as to render them of very little value.” — Baltimore American & Commercial Daily Advertiser, June 20, 1814
Close up of Gerry Embleton image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   6, 7. 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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