Colmar Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Road to the Capital
Battle of Bladensburg
—Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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.
Erected 2014 by The National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 56.285′ N, 76° 56.587′ W. Marker is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Bladensburg Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Colmar Manor Park on the west end of the bridge over which Bladensburg Road (MD 450) crosses the Ancacostia River, along the Anacostia River Trail. 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. Storming the Bridge (here, next to this marker); Crossroads of Trade and Travel Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II Honor Roll (about 800 feet away); Peace Cross (about 800 feet away); Undaunted In Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Road to the Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bladensburg Monuments (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colmar Manor.
More about this marker. An identical marker (HMDB 73190) can be found at 40th Avenue and Bladensburg Road and another at Dueling Creek, 38th Avenue and Bladensburg Road.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 302 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6. submitted on September 13, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.