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Solomons in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Menace on the Horizon

Star-Spangled Banner National Historical Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Menace on the Horizon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Menace on the Horizon Marker
Inscription. Terror reigned along the Patuxent River in 1814. British invaders plundered and burned towns and plantations on both sides of the river. Menacing warships within view on Somervell’s Island (present-day Solomons) blockaded the river’s mouth, cutting off trade and trapping Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla.

British attacks continued “like drum beats up and down the river” throughout the summer. In August the British commander reported: this “country is in general in a horrible state.” With little more effort the Americans could be “completely at our mercy.” The British pressed their offensive up the Patuxent toward Washington, D. C.

To learn more about the war along the Patuxent visit:
*Exhibit hall here at Calvert Marine Museum-Interactive map depicting the British invasion route, artifacts from the scuttled American flotilla.
*Tudor Hall-Wayside and interior War of 1812 exhibits.
*Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum-Exhibits, site of largest naval engagement in Maryland history.
*Sotterley Plantation-Restored 18th century plantation and slave quarter; period gardens; a mustering site for militia during the war.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location.

Close up of the map on the Menace on the Horizon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Menace on the Horizon Marker
38° 19.891′ N, 76° 27.842′ W. Marker is in Solomons, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Solomons Island Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum in front of the main exhibition hall. Marker is in this post office area: Solomons MD 20688, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marine Railway Gears (here, next to this marker); Drum Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Wm. B. Tennison (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Drum Point Lighthouse (about 400 feet away); Perils along the Patuxent (about 600 feet away); Calvert County (about 600 feet away); Solomon's Island (approx. ¼ mile away); Apt Anchorage (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Solomons.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Side panel on the Menace on the Horizon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Side panel on the Menace on the Horizon Marker
The Main Exhibition Hall of the Calvert Maritime Museum is in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 26, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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