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

Enemy Occupation

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Enemy Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
1. Enemy Occupation Marker
Inscription. Kent Island served as an ideal base of operations for the British in August 1813, as it was already an important link between Maryland’s eastern and western shores. The British took over the Kent Island-Annapolis ferry, including a cargo of cattle, and used the ferry landing as one of several encampments. As many as 3,000 British troops conducted raids along the middle Bay from Kent Island.

As part of a strategy to disrupt the American economy, the British offered freedom to slaves who escaped their masters and joined the British. More than 150 slaves came from the Eastern Shore. The British destroyed many Kent Island plantations in the short time they held the island.

“From the landing…of cannon on Kent Island, it appears to be the intention of the enemy to keep possession of it for some time…”
Captain Charles Gordon, August 7, 1813.

An estimated 4,000 slaves fled their American masters to pursue freedom with the British. Many former slaves were trained to fight alongside the British as the Colonial Corps of Marines.

Nearby places to explore the War of 1812:
*Slippery Hill Site-Area where Americans skirmished with British troops advancing on Queenstown
*Easton-Site of an armory and the earthworks of Fort Stoakes
*Queenstown-Where British approached by land and water in a surprise attack

Close up of the map on the Enemy Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Enemy Occupation Marker
August 13, 1813
*St. Michaels-Town that twice repulsed British attacks.
 
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° 58.488′ N, 76° 14.918′ W. Marker is in Chester, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is on Piney Narrows Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Chesapeake Heritage Center. Marker is in this post office area: Chester MD 21619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maryland's Eastern Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway (within shouting distance of this marker); Byway Destinations (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Byway Destinations (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing Point (approx. half a mile away); Working the Waters (approx. half a mile away); Island in the Marsh: a hummock (approx. 2.1 miles away); Road to Battle (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Categories. African AmericansWar of 1812
 
Enemy Occupation Marker with Chesapeake Heritage Center in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
3. Enemy Occupation Marker with Chesapeake Heritage Center in the background
Enemy Occupation Marker with War in the Chesapeake panel on the side image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
4. Enemy Occupation Marker with War in the Chesapeake panel on the side
Chesapeake Heritage Center-frontal view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
5. Chesapeake Heritage Center-frontal view
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 14, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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