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Sherwood in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

British Occupation

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

— War of 1812 —

 
British Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
1. British Occupation Marker
Inscription.  The British overtook Tilghman and Poplar islands in the spring of 1813 and again in October 1814. The islands offered ready-access to Annapolis, Baltimore, and other potential targets.

A regiment of a thousand men began building winter barracks on Tilghman in 1814, but within the month the British troops were gone.

“The enemy in the Chesapeake have taken possession of Tilghman’s Island with the apparent view of fixing winter quarters there.”
Baltimore Niles’ Weekly Register, October 29, 1814.

Blockade Runner
Clement Vickars, captain of the sloop Messenger, eluded the British blockade in weekly runs between Easton and Baltimore. Messenger was captured off Poplar Island November 11, 1814, with her cargo and passengers, but Vickars and his crew escaped.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States 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 series list.
 
Location.

Close up of the map on the British Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the British Occupation Marker
(Inscription above the map) British vessels thwarted travel on the Chesapeake Bay, except for courageous runners like Vickars.
38° 43.38′ N, 76° 20.044′ W. Marker is in Sherwood, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Tilghman Island Road. The marker is located on the grounds of Tilghman Back Creek Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sherwood MD 21665, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Michaels (approx. 7.3 miles away); Maryland National Bank Building (approx. 7.3 miles away); Lewis Tarr House (approx. 7.3 miles away); This Cannon (approx. 7.3 miles away); Armed Forces Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); Frederick Douglass (approx. 7.4 miles away); Under Fire (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
Distance shot of the British Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
3. Distance shot of the British Occupation Marker
The marker is located in the very back of the Park
Entrance sign to Tilghman Creek Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
4. Entrance sign to Tilghman Creek Park
Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
5. Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet
The marker is located near the parking lot of Tilghman Back Creek Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 7, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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