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

Shaded Reprieve

Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail

 
 
Shaded Reprieve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
1. Shaded Reprieve Marker
Inscription. Well-shaded Fenno Road provided relief for sweltering British soldiers marching from Benedict. On August 22, 1814, their fourth day of travel, they set out from Nottingham along the road that has existed since at least 1729. Vestiges of the sunken road still resemble the wooded sections of the British invasion route.

“The road...we travelled...was remarkably good... Running through the heart of a thick forest, it was...sheltered from the rays of the sun...which, in a climate like this, is of no slight" – British Lt. George Robert Gleig
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 43.896′ N, 76° 43.127′ W. Marker is in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fenno Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the entrance road to Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary (approx. 0.6 miles away); The War of 1812 (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Town of Nottingham (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Nottingham Schoolhouse
Shaded Reprieve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
2. Shaded Reprieve Marker
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Changing Guard (approx. 1.7 miles away); Man and the River (approx. 1.7 miles away); Nottingham (approx. 1.7 miles away); Aviation History (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Marlboro.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Nottingham Encampment image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
3. Nottingham Encampment
This sketch of the British encampment at Nottingham shows Fenno road branching off at the top right.
Close-up of Robert Smith's 1814 sketch on the marker
Heavy Loads image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
4. Heavy Loads
Marchers fell behind from fatigue. Wearing woolen uniforms, carrying arms and ammunition, each also carried “a knapsack, containing shirts, shoes, stockings, &c, a blanket, a haversack, with provisions for three days, and a canteen or wooden keg filled with water.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
Merkle Wildlife Refuge image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 13, 2014
5. Merkle Wildlife Refuge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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