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Queenstown in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Surprise at Queenstown

 
 
Surprise at Queenstown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, August 2, 2013
1. Surprise at Queenstown Marker
Inscription. The British set out from Kent Island to attack Queenstown on August 13, 1813. The land and water contingents numbered 300 troops each. Intending to surprise the Queen Anne's County militia, they mistakenly fired, warning the Americans. British barges missed their intended landing point at Bowlingly, arriving at Blakeford instead. These errors enabled the militia to escape to Centreville. The British retaliated by ransacking Bowlingly, a prominent home in Queenstown. The skirmish that foiled the surprise became known as the Battle of Slippery Hill. British and Americans exchanged fire on Queenstown Road. An American militiaman shot the horse out from under British commanding officer Sir Sydney Beckwith, escalating the confusion among the British ranks.
 
Erected by National Park Serivce, US Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 59.433′ N, 76° 9.458′ W. Marker is in Queenstown, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Del Rhodes Ave. on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Queenstown MD 21658, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War in the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Colonial Courthouse
Map & Artist's Rendering image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, August 2, 2013
2. Map & Artist's Rendering
"This was ... a project devised for the surprise of some militia encamped at Queen's Town ..." - British Captain Frederick Robertson. When American gunfire at Slippery Hill caused panic among the invaders, a British officer ordered the band of fife and drummers to help restore order.
(a few steps from this marker); Queenstown (a few steps from this marker); Bowlingly (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Bowlingly (about 500 feet away); “Lordís Gift” (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Peterís Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Battle of Slippery Hill (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queenstown.
 
More about this marker. Three-sided marker, with "Oh Say Can You See" and "War on the Chesapeake"
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Other Nearby War of 1812 Locations image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, August 2, 2013
3. Other Nearby War of 1812 Locations
Surprise at Queenstown image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, August 2, 2013
4. Surprise at Queenstown
In the background you can see the old Queenstown Courthouse c. 1708.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2013, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2013, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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