Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Raise the White Flag
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
—War of 1812 —
“(As) there be no sufficient force, on our part, to oppose (the British), with any reasonable prospect of success, (you) should appoint a committee to carry a flag to the…enemy…and procure the best terms for the safety of persons, houses, and property.” Alexandria vigilance committee’s recommendation to the city’s Common Council.
In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, British troops marched on Washington with devastating results.
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail reveals sites of War of 1812 in
(upper center) HMS Euryalus, commanded by Captain Charles Napier (above), was one of seven British vessels carrying a total of 128 guns that sailed up the Potomac to Alexandria. Oil by Thomas Musgrave Fox, National Maritime Museum (UK)
(lower center) Oil by Geoff Hunt, National Maritime Museum (UK)
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 48.223′ N, 77° 2.382′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on The Strand south of King Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located in Waterfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Mill (here, next to this marker); Waterfront Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria Archaeology Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting Alexandria (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 115 Prince Street (about 400 feet away); Torpedo Factory Art Center (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Also see . . .
1. Stars-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. National Park Service (Submitted on March 5, 2015.)
2. Stars-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail - DC, MD, VA. National Park Service (Submitted on March 5, 2015.)
3. Cultural Tourism DC. (Submitted on March 5, 2015.)
Categories. • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 5, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.