Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Turn of Events
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Dr. William Beanes, who opposed the war, cooperated with the British when they occupied Upper Marlboro August 22-23, 1814. Beanes reportedly dined with Major General Robert Ross.
Later Ross ordered Beanes taken prisoner for arresting British looters. While helping to negotiate Beanes's release, Francis Scott Key witnessed the Fort McHenry bombardment and penned the lyrics for the "Star-Spangled Banner."
"To our no small surprise we saw our friend Dr. Bean[es] brought in as a prisoner. On enquiring into the cause we learned that...he had armed his slaves, and sallied forth cutting off all our stragglers." - British Lt. George Robert Gleig, August 28, 1814.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
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° 49.054′ N, 76° 45.131′ W. Marker is in Upper Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14701 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. William Beanes (a few steps from this marker); William Beanes (a few steps from this marker); Marlboro Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Site of the Residence of Dr. William Beanes (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of John Rogers (1723 - 1789) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Walk of History (about 500 feet away); Schoolhouse Pond (about 500 feet away); This White Oak Tree (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Marlboro.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 1, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.