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Colmar Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Marines & Flotillamen

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—Battle of Bladensburg —

 
Battle of Bladensburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
1. Battle of Bladensburg Marker
Inscription. U.S. Marines, under Captain Samuel Miller, joined Commodore Joshua Barney’s flotillamen at the third line near here. Colonel William Thornton of the British Light Brigade led a charge and ran directly into the cannons under Barney’s command. A dangerous crossfire ensued between Barney’s forces—backed with the smaller guns of Major Peter’s Georgetown Artillery—and the British forces. An American quartermaster under Miller recalled, “Whole companies were cut down to a man as they approached our lines..”

Joshua Barney was an American war hero before making a stand at the Battle of Bladensburg. A native of Maryland, he was the youngest commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during the Revolutionary War. In the War of 1812, he was in charge of the Chesapeake Flotilla, a “mosquito fleet” of boats intended to annoy the British. The flotilla he designed, consisting of low draft barges equipped with large guns, as ideally suited for the shallow waters along the Chesapeake Bay. Barney’s flotilamen were a diverse group, including escaped slaves like Charles Ball. They also were some of the toughest and best-trained troops on the field at Bladensburg.

“Barney Leave the Girls Alone”
Described as having a gentle face with dark blue eyes, Joshua Barney had a swashbuckling life.

Battle of Bladensburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
2. Battle of Bladensburg Marker
This marker is the marker on the left.
He was taken prisoner three times and escaping prison once in the Revolutionary War. As a dashing naval officer, he met Marie Antionette whereupon she offered her cheek instead of her hand. Legend holds that the song “Barney Leave the Girls Alone” was written about him.

(Inscription under the image on the left)
Battle of Bladensburg. Courtesy NPS/c Richard Schlecht.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.998′ N, 76° 57.097′ W. Marker is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on 37th Avenue. Click for map. The marker is located at the entrance to Colmar Manor Park near Dueling Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Brentwood MD 20722, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Valiant Stand (a few steps from this marker); The Road to the Capitol (a few steps from this marker); Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Road to the Capital (about 400 feet away); Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away); Second Line Falls

Sign at the entrance to Colmar Manor Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
3. Sign at the entrance to Colmar Manor Park
(about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Second Line Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Colmar Manor.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 10 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 September 3, 2016.
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