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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Attack at Frenchtown

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Attack at Frenchtown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
1. Attack at Frenchtown Marker
Inscription. Frenchtown, on the Elk River, was struck on the morning of April 29, 1813. Rear Admiral Cockburn attempted a surprise attack and was greeted with a barrage from the town's battery. The guns had little effect and the British landed and burned the government supply houses.

The citizens of nearby Elkton had prepared by building defensive batteries and stretching a chain across the Elk River. After attempting an attack on the same day, British were not able to get close enough and returned to their base near Spesutia Island.

War of 1812 British Attacks upper Bay
1. Frenchtown: April 29, 1813
2. Elkton: defended April 29, 1813
3. Havre de Grace: May 3, 1813
4. Bell's Ferry: May 3, 1813
5. Port Deposit: defended May 3, 1813
6. Principio Iron Foundry: May 3, 1813
7. Georgetown: May 6, 1813
8. Fredericktown: May 6, 1813

Painting
This 1806 watercolor by Benjamin Henry Latrobe depicts Frenchtown, looking up the Elk River from a wharf where Americans established a gun battery in 1813.
Image courtesy Maryland Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.366′ N, 76° 5.174′ W. Marker
Attack at Frenchtown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
2. Attack at Frenchtown Marker
Overlooking the mouth of the Susquehanna River.
is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Havre de Grace Promenade between Tydings Park and the Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birds by the Bay (a few steps from this marker); Lure of the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); A Crucial Connection (within shouting distance of this marker); Luxury on the Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Our Wetland Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Perfect Location (about 300 feet away); Screaming Rockets (about 400 feet away); America's 25th Earth Day (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Map of towns attacked by British. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
3. Map of towns attacked by British.
Watercolor on marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
4. Watercolor on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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