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Aquasco in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Alarming Sight

Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail

 
 
Alarming Sight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
1. Alarming Sight Marker
Inscription. Amid rumors of a large British force on the Patuxent, Secretary of State James Monroe scouted the situation. From heights near Aquasco Mills August 20, 1814, he spotted the enemy vessels landing at Benedict.

Alarmed, Monroe positioned soldiers on horseback about 12 miles between Aquasco Mills and Washington to forward reports of enemy movements.

"I had a view of their ships but being at a distance of three miles, and having no glass, we could not count them... The general idea... is, that Washington is their objective."- Secretary of State James Monroe, Washington Daily National Intelligencer, August 22, 1814
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 35.094′ N, 76° 43.484′ W. Marker is in Aquasco, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Aquasco Road and Saint Mary's Church Road, on the right when traveling north on Aquasco Road. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Aquasco. Marker is in this post office area: Aquasco MD 20608, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brig Gen Leonard Covington (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodville School
Alarming Sight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
2. Alarming Sight Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Maxwell Hall (approx. 3.7 miles away); Warships and Raids (approx. 3.9 miles away); Up in Flames (approx. 4.2 miles away); Enemy Camp (approx. 5 miles away); Solid Ground (approx. 5.1 miles away); Immanuel Church (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aquasco.
 
Also see . . .  James Monroe. Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail (Submitted on July 15, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Alarming Sight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
3. Alarming Sight Marker
An Alarming Sight image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
4. An Alarming Sight
Secretary of State Monroe sees the British fleet landing troops at Benedict.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
Dual Roles image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
5. Dual Roles
Revolutionary War hero James Monroe was secretary of state when the War of 1812 began. President Madison named him secretary of War in 1814, making Monroe the only person to hold both positions at the same time.
Close-up of F.S.B. Morse's Portrait of Monroe on the marker
St. Mary's Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
6. St. Mary's Church
The Tower image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
7. The Tower
The Tower of this church is erected to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Joseph Ford Thomas, MD. and Annie Maria Thomas
St. Mary's Chapel<br>1848 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
8. St. Mary's Chapel
1848
Cross marked in the walkway in front of the church.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 15, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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