Protecting the Homefront
Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail
—War of 1812 —
Militia companies formed across the Eastern Shore including the 35th and 38th Regiment of the Maryland Militia in Queen Anne’s County and were led by prominent local citizens. These troops were involved in the Battle of Slippery Hill August 13, 1813.
Commanding Officer 38th Regiment: Lt. Col. Thomas Wright
Wright was ill at time of the British attack and turned command over to Major William H. Nicholson.
Commanding Officer on the Field at Queenstown: Major William Hopper Nicholson
Commanding Officer of the Queen Anne’s County militia at time of the attack on Queenstown. Well respected and from a distinguished Eastern Shore family, Nicholson was the Queen Anne’s County Register of Wills.
In Command of the Artillery; Capt. Gustavus Tidmarsh Wright
The son of Robert Wright, a former Maryland Governor and Congressman from Queen Anne’s County. Gustavus had a reputation for fighting, drinking and dueling.
In Command of the Troop of Horse (Cavalry): Capt. Thomas Emory
In Command of the Slippery Hill Picket Guard: Capt. James Massey
Greatly respected by his men, Massey commanded the Slippery Hill Picket Guard on August 13, 1813. He was a local plantation owner and later purchased the Bowlingly Estate in Queenstown which was sacked by the British during the action.
Commanding Officer of the 35th Regiment: Lt. Col. James Brown
Most of the companies under Brown served in Chestertown in early 1813 and were assigned to protect Queen Anne’s County waterways.
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° 57.931′ N, 76° 10.92′ 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. The Battle Enjoined! (here, next to this marker); British Command
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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