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

War All Around

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
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By Don Morfe, January 1, 2015
1. War All Around Marker
Inscription. Perched above the Potomac River, Mount Welby was nearly surrounded by the war in August 1814. Mary Welby DeButts describes hearing “every fire” from the Battle of Bladensburg and how the house was illuminated by fires in Washington. She writes of finding rockets “on our hill” and that a British fleet “lay directly before our house.”

Mount Welby was in earshot of explosions that destroyed Fort Washington and within view of the plundering of Alexandria.

Conflicting Loyalties
The war was especially hard for Mount Welby’s owners, Dr. Samuel DeButts from Ireland and his wife Mary from England. Unable to access English banks and markets, the British sympathizers struggled to keep their farm.

“You know not how it hurt me to think I was so near my Countrymen, and must look upon them as Enemy.”
–Mary Welby DeButts to Millicent Welby Ridgehill, March 18, 1815.

(Inscription under the image on the right)
Congreve rockets, named for the inventor, were a new military weapon used by British land and naval forces. Three Congreve rockets landed near the DeButts home at Mount Welby.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location.

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By Don Morfe, January 1, 2015
2. War All Around Marker
38° 48.09′ N, 77° 0.258′ W. Marker is in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Oxon Hill Farm Road. Touch for map. The marker is at the entrance to the Oxon Hill Farm. It is a unit of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Marker is in this post office area: Oxon Hill MD 20745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm (a few steps from this marker); A Farm for St. Elizabeths, 1891-1950 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sweet Sorghum (about 700 feet away); Two Centuries of Farm Buildings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Why a Brick Stable? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Root Cellar (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wheat and Tobacco (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Burning of Washington, D.C. (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxon Hill.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
War All Around Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 1, 2015
3. War All Around Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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