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Grasonville in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Road to Battle

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Road to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
1. Road to Battle Marker
Inscription. About 300 British soldiers approached Queenstown by road on August 13, 1813. Their part in a two-pronged attack involved a steamy march across Kent Island and The Narrows, towing two field cannon. The nighttime march was interrupted near dawn by a skirmish with Americans at a rise in the road known as Slippery Hill. The British continued on to Queenstown, but the American militia had escaped to Centreville.

“At 10 minutes before 3 o’clock of the 13th I was aroused by the quick approach of horsemen…with the intelligence that the enemy was approaching in great force on the main road from Kent Narrows to Queen’s Town.”
Major William H. Nicholson, Maryland Militia, August 16, 1813.

Reconnaissance
According to a British officer’s report, the day before the march a Captain Robertson “got acquainted with the road.” He gathered the information while protected by a flag of truce.

(Inscription beside the image on the right)
An encounter with American picket guards at Slippery Hill effectively ended the British attack on Queenstown.
 
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.

Close up of the map on the Road to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Road to Battle Marker
1813 map by Dennis Griffith shows the road across Kent Island and the Narrows to Queenstown.
38° 57.642′ N, 76° 11.399′ W. Marker is in Grasonville, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is on Main Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in Ewing Pond Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5339 Main Street, Grasonville MD 21638, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lure of Freedom (approx. half a mile away); Protecting the Homefront (approx. half a mile away); The Battle Enjoined! (approx. half a mile away); British Command (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Slippery Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Governor William Grason (approx. 1.4 miles away); Island in the Marsh: a hummock (approx. 2.3 miles away); “Lord’s Gift” (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Road to Battle Marker-Pond in the Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
3. Road to Battle Marker-Pond in the Park
Sign at the entrance to the Road to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
4. Sign at the entrance to the Road to Battle Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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