Land Battle Evidence
Artifacts Key to Battleﬁeld
—Possible Site of American Cannon Battery —
None of the artifacts found on the hill could be positively linked to the War of 1812. However one iron grapeshot, one elongated lead musket ball, one round lead musket ball, and one impacted lead musket ball were recovered nearby, and have been identified as War of 1812 artifacts. They may represent ammunition which was fired but missed its target. By mapping out the locations of military artifacts, the movements and actions of units involved in a battle can be reconstructed.
For this reason, uncontrolled metal-detecting and collecting on battlefields is very destructive, as it removes potentially valuable information about the engagements.
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Cannon on traveling carriage, courtesy Round Shot and Rammers, by Harold L. Peterson, 1969, Stackpole Books.
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Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum archaeologists, Keith Heinrich and Gareth McNair-Lewis, screening soil for War of 1812 artifacts. The backpack-carried Global Positioning Satellite Receiver, worn by Keith Heinrich, shown at right, was used to determine the location
They include a fragment of a large buckle or box lid decoration (upper right), and pieces of a copper or brass ornament in the shape of a cross with grape leaf clusters (right). The ornament was probably sewn onto a uniform or hat.
All artifacts above are shown at actual size.
Funding provided to the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Inc. by the Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network, National Park Service.
Erected by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
Location. 38° 23.658′ N, 76° 30.413′ W. Marker is in St. Leonard, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Jefferson Patterson Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Leonard MD 20685, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 24, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.