Marines & Flotillamen
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— Battle of Bladensburg —
Joshua Barney was an American war hero before making a stand at the Battle of Bladensburg. A native of Maryland, he was the youngest commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during the Revolutionary War. In the War of 1812, he was in charge of the Chesapeake Flotilla, a “mosquito fleet” of boats intended to annoy the British. The flotilla he designed, consisting of low draft barges equipped with large guns, as ideally suited for the shallow waters along the Chesapeake Bay. Barney’s flotilamen were a diverse group, including escaped slaves like Charles Ball. They also were some of the toughest and best-trained
“Barney Leave the Girls Alone”
Described as having a gentle face with dark blue eyes, Joshua Barney had a swashbuckling life. He was taken prisoner three times and escaping prison once in the Revolutionary War. As a dashing naval officer, he met Marie Antionette whereupon she offered her cheek instead of her hand. Legend holds that the song “Barney Leave the Girls Alone” was written about him.
(Inscription under the image on the left)
Battle of Bladensburg. Courtesy NPS/c Richard Schlecht.
Topics and series. This memorial 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. 38° 55.998′ N, 76° 57.097′ W. Marker is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Memorial is on 37th Avenue. The marker is located at the entrance to Colmar Manor Park near Dueling Creek. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brentwood MD 20722, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Valiant Stand (a few steps from this marker); The Road to the Capitol (a few steps from this marker); Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Road to the Capital (about 400 feet away); Bladensburg Dueling Grounds
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.