Blown to Atoms
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Seeing the explosions, the British turned back and landed at nearby Mount Calvert. They hurried to join more than 4,000 troops marching from Benedict. At Upper Marlboro the two branches of British invaders merged, just hours after Barney’s men had marched through the town.
Americans rigged trains of gunpowder to ignite their abandoned flotilla barges, causing a series of deafening explosions.
“Seventeen Vessels...composed this formidable and So much Vaunted Flotilla, Sixteen were in quick Succession blown to atoms and the Seventeenth...was captured.”
– British Vice Admiral Cochrane, August 22, 1814
Places to learn more about the 1814 British
* National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Washington Navy Yard – Artifacts from flotilla vessel scuttled near Pig Point
* Nottingham – Base for the Chesapeake Flotilla; interpretation at Nottingham School
* Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park – Restored 18th century plantation house; archaeological excavations; river access
* Upper Marlboro – 18th-century Darnall’s Chance house museum; tomb of Dr. William Beanes
* Jackson’s Landing, Patuxent River Park – River access; near site where flotilla was scuttled
[side 2] O! say can you see..."
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Along the trail you'll encounter tangible evidence of the war and stories that bring the people and events to life. Discover the far-reaching impacts of the war on this county and the world.
[Side 3] War in the Chesapeake
During the War of 1812 the young United States was embroiled in conflict with Great Britain. From 1812 to 1815 Americans fought to protect their rights and economic independence. They faced superior enemy forces on the homefront and the high seas.
The strategically important Chesapeake Bay region felt the brunt of the war, choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids.
Though there was no clear victor at the end of the war, the United States protected its democracy and emerged with heightened stature on the world stage.
Erected by National Park Service.
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.
Location. 38° 46.412′ N, 76° 42.657′ W. Marker is in Croom, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from McClure Road 0.8 miles south of Mount Calvert Road, on the right when traveling south. Alternate directions: enter Patuxent River Park from 16000 Croom Airport Rd, go about 1.5 miles and turn right on McClure Road and .1 miles to marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Blacksmith Shop (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Duckett Cabin (about 400 feet away); The Sears House (about 500 feet away); Charles Town (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Americans at Mount Calvert (approx. ¾ mile away); Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park Chesapeake Beach Railway (approx. 0.8 miles away); The War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Flotilla (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Croom.
Additional keywords. Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2012, by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland. This page has been viewed 489 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 26, 2012, by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area of Hyattsville, Maryland. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on February 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 12. submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • F. Robby was the editor who published this page.