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Queenstown in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Surprise at Queenstown

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— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
 
Surprise at Queenstown Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, August 2, 2013
1. Surprise at Queenstown Marker
Inscription.  The British set out from Kent Island to attack Queenstown on August 13, 1813. The land and water contingents numbered 300 troops each. Intending to surprise the Queen Anne's County militia, they mistakenly fired, warning the Americans. British barges missed their intended landing point at Bowlingly, arriving at Blakeford instead. These errors enabled the militia to escape to Centreville. The British retaliated by ransacking Bowlingly, a prominent home in Queenstown. The skirmish that foiled the surprise became known as the Battle of Slippery Hill. British and Americans exchanged fire on Queenstown Road. An American militiaman shot the horse out from under British commanding officer Sir Sydney Beckwith, escalating the confusion among the British ranks.
 
Erected by National Park Serivce, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1813.
 
Location. 38° 59.433′ N, 76° 9.458′ W. Marker is in Queenstown, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is at the intersection
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of Main Street and Del Rhodes Avenue on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Queenstown MD 21658, 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. War in the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Colonial Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Queenstown (a few steps from this marker); Bowlingly (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Bowlingly (about 500 feet away); “Lord’s Gift” (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Peter’s Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Battle of Slippery Hill (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queenstown.
 
More about this marker. Three-sided marker, with "Oh Say Can You See" and "War on the Chesapeake"
 
Map & Artist's Rendering image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, August 2, 2013
2. Map & Artist's Rendering
"This was ... a project devised for the surprise of some militia encamped at Queen's Town ..." - British Captain Frederick Robertson. When American gunfire at Slippery Hill caused panic among the invaders, a British officer ordered the band of fife and drummers to help restore order.
Other Nearby War of 1812 Locations image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, August 2, 2013
3. Other Nearby War of 1812 Locations
Surprise at Queenstown image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, August 2, 2013
4. Surprise at Queenstown
In the background you can see the old Queenstown Courthouse c. 1708.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2024. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2013, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 760 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2013, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 25, 2024