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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Raise the White Flag

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Raise the White Flag Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
1. Raise the White Flag Marker
Inscription. In the early 1800s Alexandria was part of the District of Columbia and an important port with its own militia. In summer 1814, though, Alexandria’s militia had been sent to defend Maryland from the British invasion. So on August 28, four days after the British burned Washington’s most important federal buildings, defenseless Alexandrians saw enemy warships approaching up the Potomac River. To prevent similar destruction, Alexandria Mayor Charles Simms and members of his “vigilance committee” rowed out with a white flag of surrender.

“(As) there be no sufficient force, on our part, to oppose (the British), with any reasonable prospect of success, (you) should appoint a committee to carry a flag to the…enemy…and procure the best terms for the safety of persons, houses, and property.” Alexandria vigilance committee’s recommendation to the city’s Common Council.

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In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, British troops marched on Washington with devastating results.

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail reveals sites of War of 1812 in
Raise the White Flag Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
2. Raise the White Flag Marker
Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Visit ChesapeakeExplorerApp.com or download the Chesapeake Explorer app.

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(upper center) HMS Euryalus, commanded by Captain Charles Napier (above), was one of seven British vessels carrying a total of 128 guns that sailed up the Potomac to Alexandria. Oil by Thomas Musgrave Fox, National Maritime Museum (UK)
(lower center) Oil by Geoff Hunt, National Maritime Museum (UK)
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.223′ N, 77° 2.382′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on The Strand south of King Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located in Waterfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterfront Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); 115 Prince Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Torpedo Factory Art Center / United States Naval Torpedo Station (Building Two) (about 500 feet away); Engin Artemel
The Shipbuilder image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
3. The Shipbuilder
Sculpted by Michael Curtis October 3, 2004-Donated to the City of Alexandria, VA-Located in Waterfront Park
(about 600 feet away); Historic Alexandria (about 600 feet away); The Fairfax House (about 700 feet away); Home of Elisha Cullen Dick (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stars-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. National Park Service (Submitted on March 5, 2015.) 

2. Stars-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail - DC, MD, VA. National Park Service (Submitted on March 5, 2015.) 

3. Cultural Tourism DC. (Submitted on March 5, 2015.)
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
Cannon located in Waterfront Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
4. Cannon located in Waterfront Park
Pier located in Waterfront Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
5. Pier located in Waterfront Park
Sign at entrance to Alexandria Waterfront Park-City of Alexandria Est. 1749 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
6. Sign at entrance to Alexandria Waterfront Park-City of Alexandria Est. 1749
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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