Leonardtown in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
The combined British forces of 1,500 vastly outnumbered the town's population and local militia. The British seized tobacco, flour, a small schooner, and 40 stands of arms, but they left the town intact.
British Rear Admiral George Cockburn was a celebrated hero of the Royal Navy in the War of 1812, but Americans considered him a villain.
Overseeing naval operations in the Chesapeake from 1813 until the end of the war, Cockburn brought the war directly to towns and plantations to weaken American resolve. He led invasions to Maryland's Eastern Shore, Baltimore, Washington, and elsewhere but Southern Maryland suffered most from his campaign of terror.
"I proceeded...up the Potowmac for...an attack on Leonard's Town...where I understood the 36th American Regiment to be stationed and much Stores &ca. to be deposited...The Enemy...withdrew whatever armed Force he had...and permitted us to take quiet Possession of it..." -- Rear Admiral George Cockburn to Vice Admiral Sir
Erected 2012 by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 17.178′ N, 76° 38.315′ W. Marker is in Leonardtown, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street (Maryland Route 326). Touch for map. Marker is in Leonard Town Wharf Park. Marker is in this post office area: Leonardtown MD 20650, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trade on the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Fun on the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboats at the Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War Comes to Breton Bay (approx. ¼ mile away); This Cannon (approx. ¼ mile away); Leonardtown (approx. ¼ mile away); Tudor Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Great House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leonardtown.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.