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 —
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
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. 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 June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.