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

Misery

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Misery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 1, 2015
1. Misery Marker
Inscription. In the stifling heat on August 24, 1814, British soldiers struggled to keep up their march. They rested at Addison Chapel prior to that afternoon’s battle at Bladensburg.

Despite an altered roofline, chapel resembles the 1809 structure seen by the British. Benjamin Stoddert, first U.S. secretary of the navy, is buried there.

Surprise Switch
The British brought few horses and picked up others along the way. Tradition holds that a British sympathizer on a fine horse greeted British officers resting at Addison Chapel. To his surprise, they took his horse and sent him off on a worn-out hack.

“The sun…now beat upon us in full force; and the dust rising in thick masses from under our feet…flew directly into our faces…”
-British Lt. George Robert Gleig.

(Inscription beside the image in the center)
Weary from days of marching, the British troops rested when they had a chance.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.892′ N, 76° 54.588′ W. Marker is in Capitol Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's

Misery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 1, 2015
2. Misery Marker
County. Marker is on Addison Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at the entrance gate to the Addison Chapel. Marker is in this post office area: Capitol Heights MD 20743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 72-09-41 Bungalow Row (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 72-09-29 Fairmount Heights Elementary School (about 800 feet away); 72-09-38 Charity Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); 72-09-36 Doswell Brooks House (approx. 0.2 miles away); All Veterans of Seat Pleasant (approx. 0.2 miles away); 72-09-42 Municipal Center Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Masonic Lodge No. 92 / The Columbine Chapter No. 46 (approx. 0.2 miles away); 72-09-32 John S. Johnson House (approx. ¼ mile away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Weary British Soldiers image. Click for full size.
By Gerry Embleton
3. Weary British Soldiers
Weary from days of marching, the British troops rested when they had a chance.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
Surprise Switch image. Click for full size.
By Gerry Embleton
4. Surprise Switch
The British brought few horses and picked up others along the way. Tradition holds that a British sympathizer on a fine horse greeted British officers resting at Addison Chapel. To his surprise, they took his horse and sent him off on a worn-out hack.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
St. Mathews Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2018
5. St. Mathews Episcopal Church
Despite an altered roofline, the chapel resembles the 1809 structure seen by the British.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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