Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Raise the White Flag
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —
“(As) there be no sufficient force, on our part, to oppose (the British), with any reasonable prospect of success, (you) should appoint a committee to carry a flag to the…enemy…and procure the best terms for the safety of persons, houses, and property.” Alexandria vigilance committee’s recommendation to the city’s Common Council.
In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans
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(upper center) HMS Euryalus, commanded by Captain Charles Napier (above), was one of seven British vessels carrying a total of 128 guns that sailed up the Potomac to Alexandria. Oil by Thomas Musgrave Fox, National Maritime Museum (UK)
(lower center) Oil by Geoff Hunt, National Maritime Museum (UK)
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
Location. 38° 48.223′ N, 77° 2.382′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on The Strand south of King Street, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located in Waterfront Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Mill (here, next to this marker); Waterfront Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); River Ferries (within shouting distance Alexandria Archaeology Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Plundered! (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Also see . . .
1. Stars-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. National Park Service (Submitted on March 5, 2015.)
2. Stars-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail - DC, MD, VA. National Park Service (Submitted on March 5, 2015.)
3. Cultural Tourism DC. (Submitted on March 5, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 631 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 5, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.