Taylors Island in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Becky Phipps
Lieut. Phipps and crew of 17 men and one colored woman were taken prisoners at James' Point by Capt. Joseph Stewart's company of militia composed of men from Taylor's Island and Tobacco Stick.
Erected by Dorset Chapter D.A.R.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 38° 28.174′ N, 76° 17.651′ W. Marker is in Taylors Island, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Taylors Island Road 1.1 miles west of Smithville Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is about 100 feet west of the Taylors Island bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Taylors Island MD 21669, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trapped (a few steps from this marker); Battle of the Ice Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel of Ease (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Schoolhouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles First School House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chapel of Ease Old Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); New Revived Church-Family & Faith Connections (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taylors Island.
1. The name, Becky Phipps
According to Museums and Monuments of the Eastern Shore of Maryland by Mary U. Corddry, p. 83:
It was nicknamed "Becky" for the black cook who was captured with the British crew and "Phipps" for the British lieutenant.
The cannon was fired on special occasions but exploded when fired during a celebration of the election of Woodrow Wilson. It was later reassembled, mounted and marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
— Submitted June 11, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
2. Story of the reconstruction of the cannon
I have a manuscript written by a relative sometime in the last century (it is not dated) telling of her grandfather's participation in the battle when the Becky Phipps
She goes on to say that the family of Duncan Noble, the source of her information, collected the parts of the cannon (she actually saw the parts in their garden) and had the cannon reassembled and mounted on a concrete base at the entrance to Taylor's Island.
— Submitted April 4, 2009, by Ann Weber of Westminster, Marylnad.
3. The Daughters' Mistakes
“The DAR marker here has several mistakes. The carronade was captured in 1815, not 1814. Pvt. Joseph Fookes Stewart is referred to as a captain. While he may have been a captain of a nonmilitary vessel, there is no documentation that he held that rank in the militia. The carronade was nicknamed "Becky Phipps” for the tender's captured black cook Becky and the commander, Lt. Matthew Phipps. The cook's name was actually "Becca" and the commander's name was ‘Phibbs’. ‘Becca Phibbs’ was corrupted to ‘Becky Phipps.’” — Ralph Eschelman, A Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake
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