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Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

British Advance

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
British Advance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 13, 2012
1. British Advance Marker
Inscription. This house from the days when Bladensburg was a busy port town where George Washington stopped as he traveled the Old Post Road. On August 24, 1814, the British established an artillery position nearby and fired cannon and rockets at American defenders. Local tradition claims that walls of the house were scarred by cannonballs, but no evidence exists.

Rockets Flying

Three weeks before Francis Scott Key immortalized the "rockets red glare" over Fort McHenry in the "Star Spangled Banner," British rockets screamed over the battlefield here. Congreve rockets reached targets a mile or more away. British artillery also included one 6 pounder and two 3 pounders -- named for the weight of their cannonballs.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 56.458′ N, 76° 56.466′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Upshur Street near Baltimore Avenue (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. On Upshur Street across from the Indian Queen Tavern at 4302 Baltimore Avenue on the north end of the Bladensburg Balloon Gardens Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
British Advance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 13, 2012
2. British Advance Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bladensburg Monuments (here, next to this marker); George Washington House (a few steps from this marker); The Road to the Capital (a few steps from this marker); Indian Queen Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Undaunted In Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peace Cross (about 600 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); World War II Honor Roll (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. This link appears on the marker. (Submitted on November 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. This link also appears on the marker. (Submitted on November 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
British Advance Marker across from the Indian Queen Tavern and the "George Washington House" marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 13, 2012
3. British Advance Marker across from the Indian Queen Tavern and the "George Washington House" marker
The Indian Queen Taven, headquarters of the Anacostia Watershed Society image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
4. The Indian Queen Taven, headquarters of the Anacostia Watershed Society
Bronze Plaque by the front door of the Indian Queen Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 13, 2012
5. Bronze Plaque by the front door of the Indian Queen Tavern
Indian Queen Tavern sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 5, 2008
6. Indian Queen Tavern sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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