Bladensburg 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 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.
In the summer of 1814, the landscape of the battlefield was very different than it is 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.
Erected 2014 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
Location. 38° 56.449′ N, 76° 56.464′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) near Upshur Place. Marker is on the north end of Bladensburg Balloon Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bladensburg Monuments (a few steps from this marker); British Advance (a few steps from this marker); George Washington House (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Queen Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Undaunted In Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Peace Cross (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); World War II Honor Roll (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 625 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.