Colmar Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Storming the Bridge
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
"The [Americans] were drawn up in three lines upon the brow of a hill...This river flowed between the heights occupied by the American Forces, and the little town of Bladensburg. Across it was thrown a narrow bridge..." -- British Lieutenant. George Robert Gleig, eyewitness
Heat of Battle
More than 10,000 men battled here, sweltering in heavy uniforms. The British veteran force of 4,500, commanded by Major General Robert Ross, had marched for four days carrying loaded packs in near 100-degree heat.
Brigadier General. William H. Winder commanded about 6,000 Americans, including 1,000 regulars, 400 Chesapeake Flotilla crewmen, 114 marines and inexperienced militia.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. Touch for map. At the west end of the Anacostia River bridge along the Anacostia River Trail near The National News Agency at 4331 Bladensburg Road. Marker is in this post office area: Brentwood MD 20722, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crossroads of Trade and Travel (here, next to this marker); The Road to the Capital (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II Honor Roll (about 800 feet away); Peace Cross (about 800 feet away); Undaunted In Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Road to the Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bladensburg Monuments (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colmar Manor.
1. The illustration
The background illustration on this marker is "The Battle of Bladensburg" by Richard Schlecht.
— Submitted November 15, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on August 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.