Huntingtown in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Warships and Raids
The Chesapeake Flotilla, consisting of 50- and 75-foot gun barges, sought safety in shallow waters upstream. British ships hotly pursued, and Americans eventually scuttled the flotilla to keep it from enemy hands.
The British conducted raids June 15-17 upriver at Lower Marlboro and magruders Landing, and downriver at Hollands Cliffs.
On the heights just downriver at Hollands Cliffs local militia prepared to ambush a British raiding party. Warned by runaway slaves, the raiders landed Royal Marines to flank the Americans. In retaliation for a few shots fired at them, the British burned a nearby barn full of tobacco.
[text with image on right] "When I tell you the mischief the British have done it will be enough to make you and every man abuse [President] Jim Madison and old [Commodore Joshua] Barney in Hell..." - Calvert County citizen Thomas B. King, July 14, 1814.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 37.537′ N, 76° 40.537′ W. Marker is in Huntingtown, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker can be reached from Kings Landing Road 2½ miles west of Huntingtown Road. Marker is in Kings Landing Park, at the park's Patuxent River pier. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntingtown MD 20639, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Up in Flames (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lower Marlboro Town (approx. 2.1 miles away); Town Ravaged (approx. 2.1 miles away); Woodville School (approx. 3.4 miles away); Brig Gen Leonard Covington (approx. 3.9 miles away); Alarming Sight (approx. 3.9 miles away); All Saints Episcopal Church (approx. 4½ miles away); The First All Saints Church (approx. 4.6 miles away).
Additional keywords. Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: War of 1812
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 463 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.