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St. Leonard in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Valor at St. Leonard Creek

Letters from Commodore Joshua Barney

 
 
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By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Valor at St. Leonard Creek Marker
Inscription. “One of the enemy’s rockets fell on board one of our barges, and, after passing through one of the men (one of only three Americans to die from a British rocket during the entire war in Maryland) set the barge on fire…a barrel of powder and another of musket cartridges, caught fire and exploded, by which several of the men were blown into the water, and one man very severely burned---his face, hands and every uncovered part of his body, being perfectly crisped,. The magazines were both on fire and the commander of the boat, with his officers and crew, believing that she must inevitably blow up, abandoned her, and sought safety among the other barges. At this moment Major (William) Barney (the Commodore’s son), who commanded the cutter Scorpion, hailed his father and asked permission to take charge of the burning boat. Major Barney immediately put himself on board, and by dint of active labor of bailing water into the boat and rocking her constantly from side to side, he very soon succeeded in putting out the fire and saving the boat, to the very great delight as well as astonishment of the commodore.”
–Commodore Barney on an incident on June 6, 1814.

“This morning, at 4 am a combined attack of the artillery, marine corps and flotilla, as made upon the enemy’s two frigates, at the mouth of the creek. After

Valor at St. Leonard Creek Marker is one of the four markers shown above image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Valor at St. Leonard Creek Marker is one of the four markers shown above
two hours engagement, they got under way and made sail down river. They are now warping around Point Patience, and I am now moving up the Patuxent with my flotilla. My floss (loss) is acting midshipman Asquith killed, and ten others killed and wounded. Mr. Blake the bearer of this, was a volunteer in my barge. He will give you every other information. With respect, BC Joshua Barney,”
Extract of a letter from Commodore Barney to Secretary of the Navy William Jones, St. Leonard Creek, June 25, 1814.

(Inscription under the image in the center)
Action on St. Leonard Creek June 6, 1814 by Irwin Bevan, The Bailey Collection, Courtesy the Mariners’ Museum. Irwin J. Bevan (1852-1940) created 254 watercolors that display his keen knowledge of War of 1812 naval history. The watercolors may have been a book project that was never published. Funding provided to the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Inc. by the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Erected by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
 
Location. 38° 23.659′ N, 76° 30.416′ W. Marker is in St. Leonard, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Jefferson Patterson Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Leonard MD 20685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

Sign at the entrance to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Sign at the entrance to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Stuart Skinner (here, next to this marker); “The Commodore Can Beat Any…Barges…Sent Against Him” (here, next to this marker); Land Battle Evidence (here, next to this marker); “We Must Have Done Them Considerable Damage” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Search for the Chesapeake Flotilla (within shouting distance of this marker); Attention to Detail-Gertrude Sawyer, Architect (within shouting distance of this marker); The Government at St. Leonard’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith’s St. Leonard Site (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Leonard.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 24, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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