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Observing the Enemy

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Observing the Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 11, 2014
1. Observing the Enemy Marker
Inscription. Bodkin Island, having an excellent view down the Bay, was an observation station long before the war. The "Bodkin Telegraphe", a flag-signalling system based on Baltimore's Federal Hill, alerted Baltimore merchants from here as their ships approached.

In 1814, British vessels combing the Chesapeake had a good view of the Bodkin, too. On August 24, a lookout on the HMS Menelaus spotted a "fine schooner," behind Bodkin Point. The Royal Marines reported they destroyed the Lion of Baltimore.

[text with flags, lower right] A signal system, such as these 1806 merchant flags, communicated between Bodkin Point and Baltimore. Americans likely used a similar system to warn of British movements during the war.

Local Militia Captain Francis Hancock, master of Hancock's Resolution Plantation, commanded a company in the 22nd Regiment, Maryland Militia. The company's duties included observation of enemy movements south of the mouth of the Patapsco.

[text with map, upper left] Bodkin Point had a clear view of North Point, as indicated in the 1819 survey chart - one of the last to show Bodkin as a separate island.

"...on the 24th inst. Lieut. Warre with two Boats burnt a Schooner in Narrows creek close to Bodkin point." - Captain Sir Peter Parker to Vice Admiral Alexander
Observing the Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 11, 2014
2. Observing the Enemy Marker
Closeup on the map showing the mouth of the Patapsco. Bodkin Point (subject of this marker) is highlighted on the right, and North Point (where the British landed prior to the Battle of Baltimore) on the left.
F.I. Cochrane, August 30, 1814

[text with picture, at bottom] HMS Menelaus, by Lt. William Innes Pocock. Image/National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 8.121′ N, 76° 26.92′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Bayside Beach Road 2.3 miles east of Fort Smallwood Road (Route 173), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Hancock's Resolution Park, just outside the front gate. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena MD 21122, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain John Smith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hancock's Resolution (about 500 feet away); Veterans of Foreign Wars (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mother's Garden (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fort Smallwood Park Flagpole (approx. 2.6 miles away); The History of Ft Smallwood Park
Observing the Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 11, 2014
3. Observing the Enemy Marker
Closeup on the drawing of the HMS Menelaus, which burned the Lion of Baltimore at Bodkin Point.
(approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named The History of Ft Smallwood Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Preservation in Progress (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pasadena.
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
Observing the Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 11, 2014
4. Observing the Enemy Marker
Marker in front of the Hancock's Resolution Park gate, with the historic home (site of another historical marker) about 500 feet in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2014, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2014, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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