Brandywine in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Up in Flames
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
By destroying tobacco the British hit where it hurt most—the heart of the region’s economy. They had another reason for the raids. Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla was out of reach in St. Leonard Creek. By increasing raids along the Patuxent, the British hoped to force Barney out to defend local property.
“It would have distressed you to see the tobacco at Magruder’s burning, as I did... Eleven hundred hogsheads, nearly all consumed.”
– Unknown merchant, New York Herald, June 25, 1814
IMAGE / © GERRY EMBLETON
U.S. Flotilla in St. Leonard Creek by Com. Joshua Barney, June 1814 IMAGE / COURTESY NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION"
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Just before the gate on Macgruder Ferry Road, enter the Clyde Watson Boating Area and follow road about 1000 feet to the pier. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17901 Magruder's Ferry Road, Brandywine MD 20613, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town Ravaged (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lower Marlboro (approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Lower Marlboro Town (approx. 1.3 miles away); Warships and Raids (approx. 1.4 miles away); Woodville School (approx. 3.5 miles away); Brig Gen Leonard Covington (approx. 4.1 miles away); Alarming Sight (approx. 4.2 miles away); Immanuel Church (approx. 4.3 miles away).
1. Battle of Maguder's Ferry
"In reference to the warehouse at Magruder's Ferry, it appears that a considerable American force was stationed behind it. Being filled with tobacco, it afforded complete protection against the cannon of the enemy; and a battle was fought with the British vessels, which continued until the ammunition of our troops
— Submitted July 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Additional keywords. Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2012, by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on July 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on November 26, 2012, by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland. 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on July 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.