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

The Road to the Capitol

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—Battle of Bladensburg —

 
The Road to the Capitol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
1. The Road to the Capitol Marker
Inscription. The War of 1812 raged on land and sea, touching every border of the young nation. On August 24, 1814, after two years at war, the Americans faced the British here at Bladensburg.

While the American militia were unable to hold back the British attack at the Anacostia River, Marines and sailors —including U. S. Chesapeake Flotillamen—set up a defense blocking the road outside present-day Fort Lincoln Cemetery. After hours of intense fighting, American forces were overrun and British troops marched to invade the Nation's Capital.

(Inscription under the image in the lower right)
In the summer of 1814, the landscape of the battlefield was very different than it is today. Once outside the village of Bladensburg, in modern Cottage City and Colmar Manor, buildings gave way to open countryside—gently rolling terrain with farm fields, orchards, and forest.

(Inscription above the map on the left side)
This map shows the progression of the Battle from the Town of Bladensburg toward the Capitol via the Turnpike (modern U.S. Alt 1) and Bunker Hill Road.
 
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location.

The Road to the Capitol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
2. The Road to the Capitol Marker
This marker is the marker on the right. Dueling Creek is in the background.
38° 55.989′ N, 76° 57.099′ W. Marker is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on 37th Avenue. Click for map. This marker is at the entrance to Colmar Manor Park and 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 (here, next to this marker); Marines & Flotillamen (a few steps from this marker); Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away); The Road to the Capital (about 400 feet away); Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away); Second Line Falls (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); Historic Fort Lincoln Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Colmar Manor.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
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
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 5 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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