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Colmar Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Road to the Capital

Battle of Bladensburg

 

— Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —

 
The Road to the Capital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
1. The Road to the Capital Marker
Inscription.  The War of 1812 raged on land and sea, touching every border of the young nation. On August 24, 1814, after two years at war, the Americans faced the British here at Bladensburg.

While the American militia were unable to hold back the British attack at the Anacostia River, Marines and sailors—including U. S. Chesapeake Flotillamen—set up a defense blocking the road outside present-day Fort Lincoln Cemetery. After hours of intense fighting, American forces were overrun and British troops marched to invade the Nation's Capital.
 
Erected 2014 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° 56.137′ N, 76° 56.944′ W. Marker is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bladensburg Road (U.S. Alt 1) east of 40th Avenue when traveling west. Just west of the Burger King at 3933 Bladensburg
The Road to the Capital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
2. The Road to the Capital Marker
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 (here, next to this marker); Second Line Falls (a few steps from this marker); Dueling Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Road to the Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marines & Flotillamen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Valiant Stand (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Road to the Capitol (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colmar Manor.
 
Three Markers image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
3. Three Markers
"The Road to the Capital" is the leftmost.
Landscape, 1814 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
4. Landscape, 1814
In the summer of 1814, the landscape of the battlefield was very different than today. Once outside the village of Bladensburg in modern Cottage City and Colmar Manor, buildings gave way to open countryside—gently rolling terrain with farm fields, orchards and forests.
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
5. Battle Map
This map shows the progression of the Battle from the Town of Bladensburg toward the Capitol via the turnpike (Modern U.S. Alt 1) and Bunker Hill Road.
12:45 PM. August 24, 1814<br>The Second Line Falls image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 2, 2014
6. 12:45 PM. August 24, 1814
The Second Line Falls
Thornton's 1st Brigade attacks and routes the Second American Line. His brigade then moves into position to assault the right flank of the Third American Line.
Detail of Steven Stanley's Map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on September 13, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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