Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Militiamen were often assigned elsewhere, leaving hometown defense to those exempted from service due to age or infirmity. Outnumbered, and with limited artillery and ammunition, even the bravest defenders rarely rebuffed an attack.
Charlestown residents knew about British raids on Havre ed Grace and neighboring towns at the head of the Bay. Though the enemy had not yet directly threatened their town, local officials made a difficult decision.
Promising no resistance or harboring of military supplies, commissioners relinquished Charlestown to Admiral Cockburn on May 6, 1813.
"I...had a Deputation from Charlesto(w)n in the North East River to assure me that that Place is---at your Mercy, and that neither Guns nor Militia Men shall be suffered there."
-British Rear Admiral George Cockburn to Admiral John B. Warren, May 6, 1813
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition,
Location. 39° 34.226′ N, 75° 58.376′ W. Marker is in Charlestown, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on Conestoga Street east of Water Street. Marker is at the end of the street at the river. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlestown MD 21914, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Charlestown Wharf (here, next to this marker); Susquehanna Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Michael Rudulph (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. Nathaniel Ramsay (approx. ¼ mile away); Charlestown (approx. ¼ mile away); Cecil County Memorial Post (approx. 2.2 miles away); St. Mary Anne’s Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); North East (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlestown.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 3, 2020, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 9, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.