St. Inigoes in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Union's Defense
Potomac Flotilla Created to Protect Chesapeake Tidelands
Maryland, especially Southern Maryland, was not "neutral" in the Civil War. The U.S. Navy realized early in the conflict that the Potomac River was both a conduit for attacks to the north, and a gateway for supplies to the Confederacy. The Union needed control of the Potomac River to protect Washington DC, thus a fleet of steam-powered ships was commissioned.
The Potomac Flotilla was created in 1861 to server as: "a flying flotilla...with a view to service in the Chesapeake and its tributaries; to interrupt the enemy's communications; assured keep open our own; drive from those waters every hostile bottom; threaten all points of a shore line accessible to such force exceeding 1,000 miles in extent; protect loyal citizens; convoy, tow, transport troops or intelligence with dispatch; be generally useful; threaten all points , and attack at any important one." Commander James H. Ward, creator of the Potomac Flotilla April 1861
The Potomac Flotilla's USS Tulip
Originally built in 1862 for the Chinese Ever-Victorious Army, the Chi
On June 22,1863, the Chi Kiang was purchased by the US Navy, classed as a screw steamer, fourth rate gunboat, and commissioned the USS Tulip. Her profile was altered to help evade detection by the enemy, and she was fitted with two 24-pound howitzers, two 12-pound smooth bore cannon and one 20-pound parrot rifle. The Tulip was assigned blockading duty with the Potomac Flotilla's First Division.
The Coaling Station at Cross Manor
By Early 1864 the Potomac flotilla established a new coaling station and operational base here at Cross Manor in St. Inigoes on the St. Mary's river.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 9.733′ N, 76° 25.45′ W. Marker is in St. Inigoes, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Cross Manor Road. The marker is at the end of a grassy lane running north from Cross Manor Road just east of the gates of Cornwaleys' Cross Manor. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Disaster at Ragged Point (a few steps from this marker); The Tulip Disaster (a few steps from this marker); USS Tulip Monument (a few steps from this marker); St. Ignatius Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); John LaFarge, S.J. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic St. Mary's City (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Manor of Cornwaleys’ Cross (approx. 1.3 miles away); Where is the City? (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Inigoes.
Regarding The Union's Defense. A photo reputed to be of the USS Tulip appears on another marker located in Point Lookout State Park ("Shipwreck!")
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This cluster of markers and monuments tell the story of the USS Tulip and the Potomac Flotilla.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 27, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.