Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
—War of 1812 —
“The town of Alexandria, with the exception of public works, shall not be destroyed, unless hostilities are commenced on the part of the Americans; nor shall the inhabitants be molested in any manner whatever, or their dwelling-houses entered, if the following articles are complied with.” British Captain Gordon, in the introduction to his articles of capitulation.
To save their town, the Alexandrians had promised not to challenge or attack the British. But a group of U.S. naval officers, unauthorized, assaulted a British soldier. Fearing retaliation, the city fathers rushed to apologize. Fortunately the British officers decided to dismiss the incident with a warning.
In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg,
(lower center) Captain James Gordon Oil by Andrew Morton, National Maritime Museum, UK
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 48.423′ N, 77° 3.802′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Callahan Drive and King Street (Virginia Route 7). Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria VA 22301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Federal Boundary Stone SW 2 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexandria (about Panoramic View of Alexandria (about 500 feet away); Visiting Old Town (about 700 feet away); Shuter's Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Francis Peyton (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Duke Street Tanyard (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Also see . . .
1. Stars-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. National Park Service (Submitted on March 6, 2015.)
2. Stars-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail - DC, MD, VA. National Park Service (Submitted on March 6, 2015.)
3. Cultural Tourism DC. (Submitted on March 6, 2015.)
4. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial. (Submitted on March 6, 2015.)
Categories. • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
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