The Battle Enjoined!
Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail
—War of 1812 —
Upon encountering the picket guard, British soldiers fired to begin the skirmish that would become known as the Battle of Slipper Hill. The greatly outnumbered Americans used their knowledge of the landscape to take cover while firing repeatedly, causing panic in the British ranks. The horse of British Colonel Sir Sidney Beckwith was shot out from under him leaving only Lieutenant Colonel Sir Charles Napier on horseback in the attempt to restore order. The American militia in Queenstown, under the command of Major William H. Nicholson, was able to retreat safely to Centreville.
“It shall be known that a piquet guard…stood firm at their posts, received the attack, and returned the fire of a column of British troops of 2000 strong, supported by four field pieces; retreated, formed again and gave the Enemy their second fire.
If anything I could say would add to the reputation of those Gentlemen, how freely would I say it.”
Major William H. Nicholson to Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Thomas Wright, August 16,
(Inscription under the photo in the upper left)
The only road from Kent Narrows to Queenstown in 1813 was a two wagon width strip of dirt that passed through Slipper Hill Farm, pictured here in late 1800’s.
(Inscription under the image in the lower left)
“My picket guard killed two of the enemy and wounded five and their commander in chief Sir Sidney Beckwith had his horse killed.”
Major William H. Nicholson to Governor Winder, August 20, 1813.
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° 57.932′ N, 76° 10.919′ W. Marker is in Queenstown, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Queenstown MD 21658, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Protecting the Homefront (here, next to this marker); British Command (here, next to this marker); Lure of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Slippery Hill (approx. 0.4
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 7, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.