Colmar Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Line Falls
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"The American Troops were drawn up in three lines, like so many regiments upon a gala parade, while guns were used as connecting links to a chain..." -- British Lieutenant George Robert Gleig, eyewitness
Many Americans blamed lack of leadership on the field for the perceived rout at Bladensburg. During a congressional inquiry, Brigadier General William Winder was said to be "unfit for any important command." In 1816 an anonymous poem, "Bladensburg Races" pointed to ineffective leadership as well from President Madison and Secretary James Monroe.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison, the Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe, and the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1816.
Location. 38° 56.132′ N, 76° 56.941′ W. Marker is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bladensburg Road (U.S. Alt. 1) when traveling west. This marker is east of the intersection of Bladensburg Road and 40th Avenue in Colmar Manor, Maryland 20722; just west of the Burger King at 3933 Bladensburg Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brentwood MD 20722, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Famous Footsteps (a few steps from this marker); The Road to the Capital (a few steps from this marker); Marines & Flotillamen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dueling Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Road to the Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Valiant Stand The Road to the Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colmar Manor.
More about this marker. This marker is identical to one at Dueling Creek (HMdb #61136).
Regarding Second Line Falls. Ralph Eshelman, in his Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake writes that "The American second line is poorly defined; it was concentrated on the north side of Bladensburg Road (Alternate U.S. Route 1) but shifted to the south side during the battle. The dueling grounds located at 37th Avenue are often said to be the location of the second line but this is only a generalization."
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.