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Rock Hall in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Clever Ruse

Star-Spangled Banner National Historical Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Clever Ruse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
1. Clever Ruse Marker
Inscription. Lieutenant Colonel Philip Reed and his Maryland militia allegedly tried to fool British Troops at anchor off the Chester River. He directed his small force of cavalry to ferry back and forth between mainland and Eastern Neck Island, hoping British lookouts would think the American force was larger than it actually was.

Menacing Raids
Sir Peter Parker landed on the Eastern Shore on August 28, 1814, to lead a series of raids. The British destroyed property and routed some cavalry who were “smashingly dressed in Blue and long…feathers in their hats.”

“Running down the Eastern shore of Maryland on (August) 27…I was surprised to observe the Enemy’s Regular Troops and Militia in Motion along the whole coast.”
British Captain Sir Peter Parker to Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane, August 29, 1814.

(Inscription below the portrait in the lower center)
Philip Reed Image/Cincinnati Museum of Art.

(Inscription beside the image in the lower right)
Trooper Light Cavalry, Maryland Volunteer Militia, 1814 by Herbert Knotal. Image/Courtesy Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker

Close up of map on the Clever Ruse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
2. Close up of map on the Clever Ruse Marker
Maryland Map by Mathew Carey, 1814-Image/Maryland State Archives. (Inscription below the map) Both sides tried to confuse their enemy on the Middle Bay. The British diverted attention from Western Shore targets; the Americans feigned the size of their defense.
is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.228′ N, 76° 13.332′ W. Marker is in Rock Hall, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Eastern Neck Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Hall MD 21661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Long Distance Travelers (approx. 0.6 miles away); Birds of Prey-Hunters in the Sky (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wickliffe (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bowlingly (approx. 5.5 miles away); a different marker also named Bowlingly (approx. 5.5 miles away); Surprise at Queenstown (approx. 5.6 miles away); Colonial Courthouse (approx. 5.6 miles away); Queenstown (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Hall.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Clever Ruse Marker on the shore of the Chester River image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
3. Clever Ruse Marker on the shore of the Chester River
Sign near the pull off for the Clever Ruse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
4. Sign near the pull off for the Clever Ruse Marker
Tundra Swan Range near the Clever Ruse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
5. Tundra Swan Range near the Clever Ruse Marker
Boardwalk near the Clever Ruse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
6. Boardwalk near the Clever Ruse Marker
Tundra Swan in the Chester River image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
7. Tundra Swan in the Chester River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 6, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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