Bracing for an Attack
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —
British raiders terrorized the Eastern Shore in 1813 and 1814. Queenstown, St. Michaels, Fredericktown, and Georgetown were attacked, plus numerous farms and plantations were plundered. However, Fort Stoakes was never tested, and Easton survived unscathed.
(Inscription above the photo in the lower right)
A rare photograph of the octagonal brick armory built by the State of Maryland in 1811-12.
“The town of Easton, being a place in which many of the public records are lodged, and …there is an armoury of the state, it is of importance that every protection and security which can be afforded to it…should properly be given.”
Governor Levin Winder to Secretary of War John Armstrong, March 30, 1813.
Places to explore the War
*Queenstown-British attacked by land and water; engaged Americans in the Battle of Slippery Hill
*Chesapeake Exploration Center at Ferry Point Park-Information on the British occupation of Kent Island in 1813
*Taylors Island-Site of the Battle of Ice Mound, the last engagement of the war in Maryland
*St. Michaels-Successfully repulsed British attacks twice in 1813
*Georgetown-Kitty Knight House survived the British raid of 1813.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 30, 1878.
Location. 38° 46.081′ N, 76° 5.642′ W. Marker is in Easton, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Port Street. The marker is near the Easton Point Marina. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Easton MD 21601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Penn (approx. 0.7 miles away); The “Mannour of Ratcliffe” (approx. 0.8 miles away); Third Haven (approx. one mile away); Vietnam War (approx. one mile away); Talbot County Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Talbot Resolves (approx. 1.1 miles away); Birthplace of Tench Francis, Jr.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on August 7, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 7, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.