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Hughesville in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Solid Ground

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Solid Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
1. Solid Ground Marker
Inscription. More than 4,000 British troops camped here August 20, 1814, awaiting orders. After sailing from Bermuda in cramped quarters, they appreciated being on firm ground. One noted they were “made happy by the very feeling of the green sod under them.” They perched cannon on the hills and posted pickets to ward of an American attack, but none came.

“This…army was posted upon a height which rises at the distance of two miles from the river…the infantry bivouacked…upon the slope of the hill…in order to prevent their disposition from being seen by the enemy…”
British Lieutenant George Robert Gleig.

On the Move
With orders to march, a few officers rode horses while the troops set off on foot with heavy packs. Some hauled field guns; others carried rockets on their backs. After weeks aboard ships they were in no condition to march. Many of them succumbed to heat exhaustion within the first six miles.
 
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° 30.923′ N, 76° 41.469′ W. Marker is in Hughesville, Maryland

Solid Ground Marker overlooking the fields image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
2. Solid Ground Marker overlooking the fields
, in Charles County. Marker is on Prince Frederick Road (SR 231). Click for map. The marker is on a pull off on the grounds of the Indian Creek Natural Resource Management. Marker is in this post office area: Hughesville MD 20637, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Enemy Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Stanton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Benedict (approx. 0.6 miles away); The British are Coming (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Stanton (approx. 0.9 miles away); British Vengeance (approx. 1.5 miles away); Maxwell Hall (approx. 2.7 miles away); St. John’s Holiness Church (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Solid Ground Marker not far from Prince Frederick Road image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
3. Solid Ground Marker not far from Prince Frederick Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 23 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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