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

Apt Anchorage

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Apt Anchorage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Apt Anchorage Marker
Inscription. The point to the north protruding into the river is appropriately called “Point Patience” as it was difficult to maneuver around in the era of sail. The south side of the point provided good anchorage, visibility, protection from other ships, and nearby fresh water. On June 26, 1814, British frigate Loire, damaged during the Second Battle of St. Leonard Creek, withdrew here for repairs.

“Point Patience…is the place of general rendezvous for the enemy’s fleet…”
-Baltimore Federal Republican, July 16, 1814.

Local Opposition
The British raided Point Patience on June 26, 1814, destroying the home of Dr. William D. Somervell. Similar actions up and down the river caused many inhabitants to oppose the war. Some prohibited American forces from stationing at their farms, knowing the militia could not provide security.
 
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° 19.763′ N, 76° 28.104′ W. Marker is in Solomons, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Thomas Johnson Road. Click for map. The marker

Close up of the map on the Apt Anchorage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Apt Anchorage Marker
1814 British Chart of Lower Patuxent River by Pulteney Malcolm
is located on the grounds of the “Pepper” Langley Fishing Pier & Boat Launch Facility. 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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Perils along the Patuxent (approx. 0.2 miles away); Drum Point Lighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marine Railway Gears (approx. 0.3 miles away); Menace on the Horizon (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Drum Point Lighthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wm. B. Tennison (approx. 0.3 miles away); Solomon's Island (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Solomons.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Apt Anchorage Marker under Solomons Island Bridge (SR 4) image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Apt Anchorage Marker under Solomons Island Bridge (SR 4)
Apt Anchorage Marker-Sunset over the Patuxent River image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
4. Apt Anchorage Marker-Sunset over the Patuxent River
Sign at the entrance to the fishing pier and boat launch image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
5. Sign at the entrance to the fishing pier and boat launch
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 178 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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