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Taylors Island in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Trapped Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
1. Trapped Marker
Inscription.  Local militia attacked a British raiding party whose vessel was icebound near James Island February 7, 1815. Protected by a breastwork of ice, the Americans continued firing until the crew of 20 surrendered.

The two-hour skirmish, the “Battle of the Ice Mound,” was the last engagement of the war in Maryland. Ratification of a peace treaty occurred 10 days later.

“After an engagement kept…for about two hours, suddenly the whole party of the enemy appeared upon deck and cried out for quarters, waving their handkerchief.”
American Private Joseph Fookes Stewart, February 19, 1815.

(Side bar) War Prizes
The victorious militia took the British crew as prisoners and confiscated the boat, a 12-pounder carronade, and other weapons. Later the militiamen shared $1,800, awarded by Congress for capturing and enemy vessel.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the

Trapped Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
2. Trapped Marker
Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
 
Location. 38° 28.182′ N, 76° 17.664′ W. Marker is in Taylors Island, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Memorial is on Taylors Island Road (SR16). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taylors Island MD 21669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Becky Phipps (a few steps from this marker); Battle of the Ice Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel of Ease (approx. ¾ mile away); Old Schoolhouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); First School House (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Chapel of Ease (approx. 0.8 miles away); New Revived Church-Family & Faith Connections (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taylors Island.
 
Battle of the Ice Mound image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
3. Battle of the Ice Mound
Distant shot-Trapped Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
4. Distant shot-Trapped Marker
Trapped Marker-near The Becky Phipps Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
5. Trapped Marker-near The Becky Phipps Cannon
The Battle of the Ice Mound image. Click for full size.
By Gerry Embleton
6. The Battle of the Ice Mound
Close-up of Gerry Embleton's painting on the marker
Carronade image. Click for full size.
By Gerry Embleton
7. Carronade
Close-up of Gerry Embleton's painting on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   6, 7. submitted on March 15, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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