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St. Leonard in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

War on the Water

Star-Spangled National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
War on the Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. War on the Water Marker
Inscription. The largest naval engagement in Maryland took place in St. Leonard Creek in June 1814. Americans prevailed in a series of skirmishes June 8-10, but the British ultimately trapped them in the creek. The first battle had little effect.

On June 26, U.S. land units gave support from nearby heights. Following the intense fighting in the Second Battle of St. Leonard Creek, the Chesapeake Flotilla escaped up the Patuxent.

“The Enemy opened a Battery of Five Guns on the two Ships under by Command, from the high land, forming the Entrance of (St.) Leonards Creek…shortly after the Flotilla…rounded the point and opened a well directed fire on both Ships…”
British Capt. Thomas Brown to Rear Adm. George Cockburn, June 27, 1814.

On the Scene
The main action of June 26, 1814, occurred at the confluence of the Patuxent River and St. Leonard Creek at the south end of today’s Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Explore the various interpretive sites within the park.
 
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° 24.125′ N, 76° 30.818′ 

Close up of the map on the War on the Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the War on the Water Marker
W. Marker is in St. Leonard, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Jefferson Patterson Park Road. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Leonard MD 20685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Life at the Stearns Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evidence Found in the Ground (about 500 feet away); King's Reach Post Mold Patterns (about 500 feet away); What Life Was Like Here (about 500 feet away); Excavation Process Gathers the Most Information (about 600 feet away); Discovery of a Colonial Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Leonard.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
War on the Water Marker with Patuxent River in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. War on the Water Marker with Patuxent River in the background
Patuxent Water Trail Stop 10 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
4. Patuxent Water Trail Stop 10
Sign at the entrance to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
5. Sign at the entrance to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 163 times since then. 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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