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Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 Marker
Inscription.

The embargoes leading to war caused economic hardship in Augusta, and news of war generated disdain in this Federalist Town. Citizens mounted a protest by hanging an effigy of President Madison from the public wharf and flying an American flag at half-mast in Market Square. World of the actions reached the army recruiting office at the Court House, and Captain Vose sent troops in battle array to raze the flagpole while the protestors dined. The citizens reassembled soon after, restored the flagpole, and flew it at half-mast again. The soldiers returned but met a resolute citizenry, so gave up on razing the flagpole a second time. Violence was avoided when town authorities intervened. For two days, the flag flew at half-mast as a "proper expression of feeling" about the war.

Les embargos précédant la guerre nuisirent au commerce d'Augusta et les nouvelles de la guerre provoquèrent la colère de cette ville fédéraliste. Les citoyens organisèrent une protestation où ils pendirent en effigie le Président Madison sur le quai public et mirent le drapeau en berne sur la Place du Marché. La nouvelle de ces actions atteignit le bureau de recrutement de l'armée à la Cour de Justice et le Capitaine Vose envoya des troupes en formation militaire afin de raser le mât du drapeau pendant que les protestataires dînaient.

Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 Marker
Looking north along Water Street
Les citoyens se regroupèrent peu après, remontèrent le mât, et remirent le drapeau en berne. Les soldats revinrent, mais trouvèrent une foule résolue et décidèrent de ne pas rebriser le mât. La violence fut évitée lorsque les autorités de la ville intervinerent. Pendant deux jours, le drapeau resta en berne pour exprimer les « sentiments adéquats » devant cette guerre.

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US flag, 15 stars and 15 stripes, in use 1 May 1795 to 3 July 1818

Josiah Vose
 
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 22.)
 
Location. 44° 18.874′ N, 69° 46.476′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Water Street south of Winthrop Street/Front Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Market Square, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis (a few steps from this marker); Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit (a few steps from this marker); Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square / La place du Marché (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierres (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresques (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Smuggling in Maine During the Embargo and the War of 1812" (Strum, Colby Quarterly, 1983). (Submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. "The war that made Maine a state" (Portland Press Herald, 2012). (Submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommercePatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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