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

Weary Warriors

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2014
1. Weary Warriors Marker
Inscription. Exhausted from marching, battling at Bladensburg, and invading Washington, British soldiers stopped to rest. Many slept on Northampton Plantation property on August 26, 1814, before resuming their march to Upper Marlboro.

By August 30, after the successful campaign for Washington, they reboarded their ships at Benedict. They had traveled about 113 miles over 12 days.

“It was...absolutely necessary to pause... (T)hrowing ourselves on the ground...in less than five minutes there was not a single unclosed eye throughout the whole brigade.” — British Lt. George Robert Gleig
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.191′ N, 76° 48.987′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Lake Overlook Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is in Northampton Slave Quarters Park at 10915 Water Port Court. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie MD 20721, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Archaeology at the Brick Quarters (a few steps from
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By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2014
2. Weary Warriors Marker
this marker); Seeking Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Northampton Slave Quarters and Archaeological Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Archaeology at the Frame Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); “Mount Lubentia” (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ridgley (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ridgeley Rosenwald School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Philip Reed (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2014
3. Seeking Freedom
Trained by the British some former slaves earned freedom as Colonial Marines

Tobacco plantations such as Northampton depended on enslaved labor. The British tried to weaken the economy by enticing slaves to escape. About 4,000 people sought freedom with the British, including some 500 who joined the British military as the Colonial Corps of Marines.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
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By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2014
4. Weary Warriors
Bone-tired British troops hauled wounded comrades by wagon back to their ships.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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