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

Land Battle Evidence

Artifacts Key to Battlefield

 

—Possible Site of American Cannon Battery —

 
Land Battle Evidence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Land Battle Evidence Marker
Inscription. In 2000, archaeologists at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum examined three areas, including the hill directly ahead. The research was funded by the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program.

None of the artifacts found on the hill could be positively linked to the War of 1812. However one iron grapeshot, one elongated lead musket ball, one round lead musket ball, and one impacted lead musket ball were recovered nearby, and have been identified as War of 1812 artifacts. They may represent ammunition which was fired but missed its target. By mapping out the locations of military artifacts, the movements and actions of units involved in a battle can be reconstructed.

For this reason, uncontrolled metal-detecting and collecting on battlefields is very destructive, as it removes potentially valuable information about the engagements.

(Inscription under the image at the bottom)
Cannon on traveling carriage, courtesy Round Shot and Rammers, by Harold L. Peterson, 1969, Stackpole Books.

(Inscription under the photo in the upper center)
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum archaeologists, Keith Heinrich and Gareth McNair-Lewis, screening soil for War of 1812 artifacts. The backpack-carried Global Positioning Satellite Receiver, worn by Keith Heinrich, shown at right, was used to determine the location

Land Battle Evidence Marker is one of the four markers shown above image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Land Battle Evidence Marker is one of the four markers shown above
of War of 1812 artifacts found during the excavatons. GPS uses signals broadcast by orbiting satellites to triangulate position’s longitude and latitude. The receiver was provided by the National Park Service. Military-Objects Found-Ornaments & Armaments-Several War of 1812 artifacts were found during the 2000 archaeological investigations, including lead musket balls (upper left) an iron grapeshot fired by cannons (below center). Other artifacts found in the same area may be related to the war.

They include a fragment of a large buckle or box lid decoration (upper right), and pieces of a copper or brass ornament in the shape of a cross with grape leaf clusters (right). The ornament was probably sewn onto a uniform or hat.

All artifacts above are shown at actual size. Funding provided to the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Inc. by the Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network, National Park Service.
 
Erected by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
 
Location. 38° 23.658′ N, 76° 30.413′ W. Marker is in St. Leonard, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Jefferson Patterson Park Road. Click for map. 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

Sign at the entrance to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Sign at the entrance to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
of this marker. “The Commodore Can Beat Any…Barges…Sent Against Him” (here, next to this marker); Valor at St. Leonard Creek (here, next to this marker); John Stuart Skinner (here, next to this marker); “We Must Have Done Them Considerable Damage” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Search for the Chesapeake Flotilla (within shouting distance of this marker); Attention to Detail-Gertrude Sawyer, Architect (within shouting distance of this marker); The Government at St. Leonard’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith’s St. Leonard Site (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in St. Leonard.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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