A Heavy Price
Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —
Militia fired upon Fort Duffy and from across the river at Pearce Point Fort. Provoked, the British destroyed much of both towns.
Cockburn ordered two waterman to “warn their Countrymen against acting in the same rash manner as the People of Havre de Grace”---who paid the price of resistance. Fredericktown and Georgetown suffered the consequences of ignoring the warning.
(Inscription next to the image in the upper left)
This 1813 British sketch depicts the raid on Fredericktown and Georgetown. “A” denotes Fort Duffy. Contrary to the legend below, “B” is Fredericktown and “C” is Georgetown.
(Inscription next to the image in the lower right)
According to legend, Georgetown resident Kitty Knight successfully appealed to Admiral Cockburn to spare her home and that of her elderly neighbor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 21.746′ N, 75° 52.887′ W. Marker is in Galena, Maryland, in Kent County. Memorial is on Queens Street. This marker is in Harbor View (formerly the location of Fort Duffy) and near the Kitty Knight house. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galena MD 21635, 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. Daring to Resist (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown, Maryland (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mistress Kitty Knight (about 600 feet away); Sassafras River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Duffy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Downs’ Cross Roads (approx. 1˝ miles away); Greenfield (approx. 2 miles away); Founded on Friendship (approx. 3 miles away).
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: War of 1812
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.