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Charlestown in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Shrewd Decision

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Shrewd Decision Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, May 17, 2014
1. Shrewd Decision Marker
Inscription.
Hard Pressed
Militiamen were often assigned elsewhere, leaving hometown defense to those exempted from service due to age or infirmity. Outnumbered, and with limited artillery and ammunition, even the bravest defenders rarely rebuffed an attack.

"I...had a Deputation from Charlesto(w)n in the North East River to assure me that that Place is---at your Mercy, and that neither Guns nor Militia Men shall be suffered there."
British Rear Admiral George Cockburn to Admiral John B. Warren, May 6, 1813
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 34.229′ N, 75° 58.381′ W. Marker is in Charlestown, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on Conestoga Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the end of the street at the river. Marker is in this post office area: Charlestown MD 21914, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Charlestown Wharf (a few steps from this marker); Susquehanna Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Michael Rudulph (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. Nathaniel Ramsay

War of 1812 Cannon not used to defend the town. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, May 17, 2014
2. War of 1812 Cannon not used to defend the town.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Charlestown (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Mary Anne’s Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); North East (approx. 2.5 miles away); Striking a Blow (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlestown.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Shrewd Decision Marker and North East River image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, May 17, 2014
3. Shrewd Decision Marker and North East River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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