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

Fate of the Flotilla

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Fate of the Flotilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Fate of the Flotilla Marker
Inscription. Some of the fiercest fighting of the war occurred here, where St. Leonard Creek meets the Patuxent River. During the summer of 1814, the British navy tried to flush out and destroy Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla—a rag-tag assembly of armed boats barges. The flotilla prevailed in a series of skirmishes June 8-10, known as the First Battle of St. Leonard Creek.

A few weeks later, they clashed again in the Second Battle of St. Leonard Creek. This time, Barney had land support, including a gun battery at present-day Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. His flotilla escaped up the Patuxent. The British pursued and on August 22, the Americans scuttled their own fleet to keep it out of enemy hands.

“The moment the enemy ran off, we moved up the river…”
Joshua Barney, June 29, 1814.

(Inscription under the image of the ships)
Joshua Barney, naval hero in both the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, commanded the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla.

Find exhibits about the War of 1812 along the Patuxent River at:
*Sotterley Plantation-Exhibits tours of 18th-century house and slave quarters, river access
*Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum-Visitor center provides information on touring the site and War of 1812 exhibit.
 
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Close up of the map on the Fate of the Flotilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Fate of the Flotilla Marker
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° 23.96′ N, 76° 30.393′ W. Marker is in St. Leonard, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Jefferson Patterson Park Road. Click for map. The marker is located near the entrance to the Jefferson Patterson Park 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. Weapons of War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Naval Warfare (about 400 feet away); The War of 1812 Living History (about 400 feet away); Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (about 700 feet away); Discovery of a Colonial Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away); What is this Big White Building? (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sukeek’s Cabin: A Proud Tradition Lives On (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Leonard.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Fate of the Flotilla Marker with Jefferson Patterson Park building 10115 in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Fate of the Flotilla Marker with Jefferson Patterson Park building 10115 in the background
Explore your Chesapeake Marker in front of the Fate of the Flotilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
4. Explore your Chesapeake Marker in front of the Fate of the Flotilla Marker
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
First Battle of St. Leonard Creek, 10 June 1814 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 15, 2016
6. First Battle of St. Leonard Creek, 10 June 1814
“The moment the enemy ran off, we moved up river…” — Joshua Barney, June 29, 1814
Close-up of Tom W. Freeman painting on marker
Joshua Barney image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 15, 2016
7. Joshua Barney
Joshua Barney, naval hero in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, commanded the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla.
Close-up of Rembrandt Peale portrait on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 16 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 July 22, 2016.
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