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Charlotte Hall in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

No Match for British Might

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
No Match for British Might Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
1. No Match for British Might Marker
Inscription. Bounded by the Patuxent and the Potomac, St. Mary’s County felt the squeeze as British invaders attacked along both rivers, plundering towns and plantations at will. Officials petitioned for federal help “to rescue and save us.” Little help came, however, because the nation’s regular army was needed elsewhere.

Residents relied on a militia of ill-trained and poorly equipped volunteers for protection against powerful veteran British troops. The grounds of Charlotte Hall School (later Charlotte Hall Military Academy), operating here from 1774 to 1976, served as a mustering site for the county’s militia. It is said that even young students from the school were called out to help. But the makeshift local militia was no match for the British, and the year-long campaign of terror continued.

(Inscription under the image on the right)
The United States had only a small professional army, so towns throughout the Chesapeake relied on citizen soldiers for defense. They often faced overwhelming odds.

Some nearby places to learn more about the War of 1812 in Southern Maryland:
*Benedict-British landing site for the assault on Washington

*Sotterley Plantation-Restored 18th-century plantation and slave quarter, a mustering site for militia

*”The Old White House” on Veterans Home grounds, Charlotte

Close up of the map on the No Match for British Might Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the No Match for British Might Marker
Hall-Residence and school during the war

*Leonardtown-Raided and occupied by the British; War of 1812 exhibits at historic Tudor Hall.
 
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° 28.701′ N, 76° 46.58′ W. Marker is in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Charlotte Hall School Road. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of St. Mary's County Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Charlotte Hall MD 20622, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maryland Begins Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Charlotte Hall School (within shouting distance of this marker); Coole Springs of Saint Marie’s (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes C.S.N. (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Charlotte Hall School (about 500 feet away); Cadet Pierre A. Mourthé (about 500 feet away); Maxwell Hall (approx. 4.3 miles away); Solid Ground (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlotte Hall.
 
Categories. War of 1812

 
No Match for British Might Marker-War on the Chesapeake back panel-Welcome Center in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
3. No Match for British Might Marker-War on the Chesapeake back panel-Welcome Center in the background
Map of St. Mary's County on the grounds of the Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
4. Map of St. Mary's County on the grounds of the Welcome Center
This marker is on the ground of the St. Mary's County Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
5. This marker is on the ground of the St. Mary's County Welcome Center
Distant shot of Charlotte Hall School marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
6. Distant shot of Charlotte Hall School marker
Welcome Center-Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
7. Welcome Center-Parking Lot
Welcome Center-Parking Lot-Center in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
8. Welcome Center-Parking Lot-Center in the background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 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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