Colmar Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Bladensburg
— Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
Francis Scott Key was here acting as an aide to American General Walter Smith of the Georgetown militia and helping direct positions of troops. After the battle, Key traveled to Baltimore with American agent for prisoners of war John Stuart Skinner to seek the release of William Beanes of Upper Marlboro. While waiting aboard the truce ship in Baltimore's harbor, Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry and was inspired to write what would become America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812 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.
Location. 38° 56.136′ N, 76° 56.943′ W. Marker is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bladensburg Road (Alternate U.S. 1) east of 40th Avenue. 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. The Road to the Capital (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. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colmar Manor.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.