Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
The British confiscated belongings, destroying anything they did not take, and set fire to the buildings in town. Although initial reports said that every building in Havre de Grace was burned except one, later reports stated that 20 to 40 of the approximate 60 dwellings were lost.
"The air seemed alive with Congreve rockets, squirming and hissing about like so many fiery serpents"
Daniel Mallory, Short Stories and Reminiscences of the Last Fifty Years, 1842.
This Charles Hubbell painting called the Rockets' Red Glare depicts the Congreve rockets the British used in their attack on Havre de Grace.
Image courtesy of NASA
Congreve 12-pound Shell Rocket, circa 1808. Congreve rockets were used by the British to create chaos and terror as they raided Havre de Grace during the War of 1812.
Image - Brown University Library
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 32.378′ N, 76° 5.099′ Touch for map. Marker is on the Havre de Grace Promenade near the Concord Point Lighthouse end. 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. America's 25th Earth Day (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Our Wetland Home (within shouting distance of this marker); President William J. Clinton (within shouting distance of this marker); Principio Destroyed (within shouting distance of this marker); Birds by the Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Crucial Connection (about 300 feet away); British Landing (about 300 feet away); Susquehanna River/Chesapeake Bay (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
Regarding Screaming Rockets. Congreve rockets were used primarily to cause a fire when they exploded. Only two people were killed by direct hits from these rockets during the War of 1812. The first was one of the fleeing militiamen from Havre de Grace who received a direct hit.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 6, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.