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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

State of Readiness

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
State of Readiness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 5, 2013
1. State of Readiness Marker
Inscription. During the War of 1812, Havre de Grace was a fishing village, but also played host to many travelers. The Post Road, the main route of land travel in the day, came through town, and travelers used the local ferry at the north end of town to cross the Susquehanna River.

When the British docked at Spesutia Island, Havre de Grace residents went on high alert, but lost their urgency after a few days of safety.

"Vigilance continued till within three or four days of the time when they were actually attacked. At this time, the inhabitants, wearied with continual excitement and laborious exercise, began to relax from their exertions..."
Jared Sparks,
North American Review and Miscellaneous Journal 14, 1817

John Boyd was the first to see the British as they approached under the cover of night on May 3, 1813. He "gave the alarm to the sentinels, who were stationed near to his house."
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.3′ N, 76° 5.301′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Havre de Grace Promenade near Tidings Park Marina.
Map of Area image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 5, 2013
2. Map of Area
Spesutia Island is approximately four miles south of Havre de Grace.
Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home Base (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway (within shouting distance of this marker); Enjoy the Havre de Grace Promenade (within shouting distance of this marker); Invasion at Dawn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capt. Anthony J. Synodinos & 1st Lt. Edward G. Conrad, (about 300 feet away); Havre de Grace War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Luxury on the Bay (about 500 feet away); Lure of the Chesapeake (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
John Boyd sighting British launches image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 5, 2013
3. John Boyd sighting British launches
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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