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Benedict in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The British are Coming

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
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By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
1. The British are Coming Marker
Inscription. Residents along the Patuxent watched nervously as wave after wave of British warships approached the tiny town of Benedict. For months enemy raiders had terrorized Southern Maryland. Benedict felt their sting twice in June 1814. Now, August 19-20, more than 50 British vessels discharged 4,500 soldiers (outnumbering the entire white male population of Charles County).

The British had something big in mind. From Benedict, they could reach Washington, Annapolis, and Baltimore. Americans, unsure of the target, had to position their meager forces to defend these possibilities. The British departed Benedict eight days later, after a victorious battle at Bladensburg and a destructive occupation of the Nation's Capital.

[text with images on right] "I feel no hesitation in stating...that I consider the town of Benedict in Patuxent to offer us advantages...beyond any other spot within the United States..." - British Rear Admiral George Cockburn, July 17, 1814.

James Madison (who served as secretary of state and secretary of war, and later as U.S. president) scouted the approaching British fleet from a rise above Benedict.

Major General Robert Ross commanded the British army gathering at Benedict.

Nearby places to learn more about the War of 1812:
Nottingham
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By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
2. The British are Coming Marker
- A base for the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla and later a British encampment; interpretive signage
Sotterley Plantation - Restored 18th-century plantation and slave quaters; period gardens; a mustering site for militia during the war
King's Landing Park - Boat access; interpretation of 1814 British raids along the Patuxent River

[Side 2]

O! say can you see..."

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Along the trail you'll encounter tangible evidence of the war and stories that bring the people and events to life. Discover the far-reaching impacts of the war on this county and the world.

[Side 3]

War in the Chesapeake

During the War of 1812 the young United States was embroiled in conflict with Great Britain. From 1812 to 1815 Americans fought to protect their rights and economic independence. They faced superior enemy forces on the homefront and the high seas.

The stategically important Chesapeake Bay region felt the brunt of the war, choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids. The events in this region were crucial to the outcome of the war.

Though there was no clear victor at the end of the war, the United States protected its democracy and emerged with heightened stature on the
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By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
3. The British are Coming Marker
world stage.
 
Erected by National Parks Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 30.624′ N, 76° 40.681′ W. Marker is in Benedict, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is at the intersection of Benedict Avenue and Potomac Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Benedict Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Benedict MD 20612, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benedict (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Stanton (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Stanton (approx. half a mile away); British Vengeance (approx. 0.8 miles away); Solid Ground (approx. 0.8 miles away); Enemy Camp (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. Johnís Holiness Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Maxwell Hall (approx. 3.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benedict.
 
Additional keywords. Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
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By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
4. The British are Coming Marker-new installation on the boardwalk
The British are Coming Marker-new installation on the boardwalk image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
5. The British are Coming Marker-new installation on the boardwalk
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By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
6. The British are Coming Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on March 4, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   6. submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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