Centreville in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
"When our own citizens have been carrying provisions--the produce of our own soil, in their own ships--to feed the armies of England, and her allies on the continent of Europe, they have been captured on their homeward bound passage on on their own coast and condemned in a British Court of Admiralty."
— A typical statement by Robert Wright from a speech in Congress in December of 1811 and repeated at this Court House to his fellow citizens.
Robert Wright, served Queen Anne's County as a U.S. Senator, Governor of Maryland, County Clerk and US Congressman. Wright used this Court House to organize local support for the War of 1812. He frequently spoke on the issue of trad, war taxes and impressment of his own fellow citizens. His involvement begin in 1807 when, as Governor, he appointed Samuel Turbutt Wright who was also serving as Clerk of the Court as the Maryland Adjutant General. As a Congressman in 1813 Wright fought for liquor tax increases to assist in paying the costs of the war.
One of the sons of Robert Wright, Clinton Wright, commanded the U.S. Army recruiting station
This 1866 depiction of the Queen Anne's County Court House and green shows what it would have looked like when the County's militia assembled and drilled here. One of the sons of Robert Wright, Clinton Wright, commanded the U.S. Army recruiting station in the Court House where citizens came to be sworn into the U.S. Army. The Honorable Robert Wright as Congressman, secured an appointment in the cavalry for Clinton in 1813. Clinton rode off to the war's battles in the North at Niagara on the 4th of September 1813. He left the charge of the recruiting office in the Court House to Lt. John L. Ebert also a cavalry officer.
Samuel Turbutt Wright was Clerk of the court in 1807. On July 3, he wrote Governor Robert Wright following the June 22 attack of the HMS Leopard on the USS Chesapeake:
"At this awful and momentous crisis, not one company of the 38th Regiment which I am honored with the command of, is organized. The duty I owe to myself, my native state, and the Union, must apologize for requesting your attention to the militia, and begging you to fill up the vacancies in said Regiment..."
The letter resulted in Turbutt Wright's appointment as the second Adjust General of Maryland.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 39° 2.702′ N, 76° 3.902′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is at the intersection of Commerce Street (Maryland Route 213) and Broadway, on the left when traveling north on Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 Commerce Street, Centreville MD 21617, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Honor Valor WWI WWII Korea Vietnam (a few steps from this marker); Queen Annes County (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen Anne's County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brass Pin (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Queen Anne's County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Short History of Centreville (within shouting distance of this marker); Centreville National Bank of Maryland (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Centreville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.