Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
When the British docked at Spesutia Island, Havre de Grace residents went on high alert, but lost their urgency after a few days of safety.
"Vigilance continued till within three or four days of the time when they were actually attacked. At this time, the inhabitants, wearied with continual excitement and laborious exercise, began to relax from their exertions..."
North American Review and Miscellaneous Journal 14, 1817
John Boyd was the first to see the British as they approached under the cover of night on May 3, 1813. He "gave the alarm to the sentinels, who were stationed near to his house."
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 month for this entry is May 1813.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home Base (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway (within shouting distance of this marker); Enjoy the Havre de Grace Promenade (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bayou (within shouting distance of this marker); Invasion at Dawn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capt. Anthony J. Synodinos & 1st Lt. Edward G. Conrad, (about 300 feet away); Havre de Grace War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Votes for Women (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 471 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on December 2, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.