Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
—War of 1812 —
“They opened all the feather beds…broke the doors and windows out and so tore the houses to pieces inside as to render them of very little value”
Baltimore American & Commercial Daily Advertizer, June 20, 1814.
Charles Ball, a former slave born in Calvert County, may have lived in Lower Marlboro. He was a cook with the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla during both battles of St. Leonard Creek. Present at the Battle of Bladensburg, Ball later noted that the militia “ran like sheep being chased by dogs.”
(Inscription below the image in the lower right)
Characterization of Charles Ball by Keith Rocco.
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 39.346′ N, 76° 40.977′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lower Marlboro (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Lower Marlboro Town (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Up in Flames (approx. 1.3 miles away); Warships and Raids (approx. 2.1 miles away); Calvert County (approx. 3.4 miles away); A County in Ruin (approx. 3.4 miles away); Nottingham (approx. 3.9 miles away); Changing Guard (approx. 4 miles away).
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 6, 7. submitted on May 19, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.