Aquasco in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail
Amid rumors of a large British force on the Patuxent, Secretary of State James Monroe scouted the situation. From heights near Aquasco Mills August 20, 1814, he spotted the enemy vessels landing at Benedict.
Alarmed, Monroe positioned soldiers on horseback about 12 miles between Aquasco Mills and Washington to forward reports of enemy movements.
"I had a view of their ships but being at a distance of three miles, and having no glass, we could not count them... The general idea... is, that Washington is their objective."- Secretary of State James Monroe, Washington Daily National Intelligencer, August 22, 1814
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 Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
Location. 38° 35.094′ N, 76° 43.484′ W. Marker is in Aquasco, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Aquasco Road and Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aquasco MD 20608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brig Gen Leonard Covington (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodville School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Maxwell Hall (approx. 3.7 miles away); Test of a New Nation (approx. 3.7 miles away); Begin Your Adventure (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Maxwell Hall (approx. 3.7 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 3.7 miles away); Warships and Raids (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aquasco.
Also see . . . Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Website homepage (Submitted on July 15, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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