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

Perils along the Patuxent

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Perils along the Patuxent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Perils along the Patuxent Marker
Inscription. Southern Maryland was a dangerous place to live in the hot summer of 1814. British raiding parties traveled the Patuxent River and swept through the countryside terrorizing civilians and taking provisions for British troops gathering in the area. They also hoped to flush out Joshua Barney, whose Chesapeake Flotilla was just out of reach up the Patuxent.

Citizens of Southern Maryland suffered more raids and skirmishes than residents anywhere else in the Chesapeake region. The British invaders moved up and down the river leaving panic, horror, and destruction in their wake.

To learn more about the war along the Patuxent visit:
*Patuxent Naval Air Museum-War of 1812 exhibits
*Benedict-British landing site for the assault on Washington
*Calvert Marine Museum-Interactive map depicting the British invasion route; artifacts from the scuttled American flotilla, water access
*Scotterley Plantation-Restored 18th century plantation site for militia during the war.
*Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum-Exhibits, site of the largest naval engagement in Maryland history.

(Inscription on the image in the upper right)
Barney’s flotillamen fought from open bargers against enemy ships superior in size and number

. (Inscription next to the image in the lower right)
British raiders stole provisions and keepsakes

Close up of the map on the Perils along the Patuxent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Perils along the Patuxent Marker
from horrified residents.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 19.893′ N, 76° 27.958′ W. Marker is in Solomons, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Solomons Island Road. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Solomons Island Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Solomons MD 20688, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calvert County (within shouting distance of this marker); Drum Point Lighthouse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marine Railway Gears (about 500 feet away); Menace on the Horizon (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Drum Point Lighthouse (about 700 feet away); Wm. B. Tennison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Apt Anchorage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Solomon's Island (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Solomons.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Reverse side of the Perils along the Patuxent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Reverse side of the Perils along the Patuxent Marker
The Solomons Island Visitor Center is in the background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 2 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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