Colmar Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Line Falls
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
"The American Troops were drawn up in three lines, like so many regiments upon a gala parade, while guns were used as connecting links to a chain..." -- British Lieutenant George Robert Gleig, eyewitness
Many Americans blamed lack of leadership on the field for the perceived rout at Bladensburg. During a congressional inquiry, Brigadier General William Winder was said to be "unfit for any important command." In 1816 an anonymous poem, "Bladensburg Races" pointed to ineffective leadership as well from President Madison and Secretary James Monroe.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 56.132′ N, 76° 56.941′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. This marker is east of the intersection of Bladensburg Road and 40th Avenue in Colmar Manor, Maryland 20722; just west of the Burger King at 3933 Bladensburg Rd. Marker is in this post office area: Brentwood MD 20722, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Famous Footsteps (a few steps from this marker); The Road to the Capital (a few steps from this marker); Marines & Flotillamen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dueling Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Road to the Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Second Line Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Valiant Stand (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colmar Manor.
More about this marker. This marker is identical to one at Dueling Creek (HMdb #61136).
Regarding Second Line Falls. Ralph Eshelman, in his Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake writes that "The American second line is poorly defined; it was concentrated on the north side of Bladensburg Road (Alternate U.S. Route 1) but shifted to the south
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.