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

No Respect

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
No Respect Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 14, 2013
1. No Respect Marker
Inscription.
St. John's Episcopal Church survived the British attack on Havre de Grace May 3, 1813. The enemy spared the 1809 structure but damaged the interior. According to a newspaper account: "Finding nothing to steal (the raiders) 'magnanimously' attacked the windows(s) with brick bats and stones, and demolished them."

"One would suppose...they would have shown some respect to this building as...'The English Church'...But it seems all sense of shame was lost...Plunder and devastation was the order of the day..."
-Rev. James Jones Wilmer, 1813

Barbarians
First-person accounts of the devastation at Havre de Grace fueled newspaper reports of "wanton barbarity among civilized people." British Rear Admiral George Cockburn, portrayed as a villainous "violator of all laws, human (and) divine," struck terror as he made an example of Havre de Grace for other towns.
 
Erected 2013.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.875′ N, 76° 5.507′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Avenue and Congress Street, on the right
British looting Havre de Grace image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 14, 2013
2. British looting Havre de Grace
An American broadside by William Charles ca 1813. depicts British atrocities at Havre de Grace.
when traveling south on Union Avenue. Touch for map. 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. War in the Chesapeake (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "O! say can you see..." (about 400 feet away); Surprise Attack (about 400 feet away); Out of the Flames (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rochambeau Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); Matilda O'Neill Home (approx. mile away); Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. mile away); Susquehanna River Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
St.John's Church as it appeared in 1813. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 14, 2013
3. St.John's Church as it appeared in 1813.
St.John's Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 14, 2013
4. St.John's Episcopal Church
St. John's Episcopal Church 1809 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
5. St. John's Episcopal Church 1809
1809 - Havre de Grace Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
6. 1809 - Havre de Grace Historic District
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on October 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on October 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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