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Galena in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Heavy Price

Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
A Heavy Price Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 30, 2015
1. A Heavy Price Marker
Inscription. British Rear Admiral George Cockburn noted Georgetown and Fredericktown “were Places of some…Importance,” and the Sassafras the only upper river “I had not examined and cleared.” He led his full force toward the villages May 6, 1813.

Militia fired upon Fort Duffy and from across the river at Pearce Point Fort. Provoked, the British destroyed much of both towns.

Forewarned
Cockburn ordered two waterman to “warn their Countrymen against acting in the same rash manner as the People of Havre de Grace”---who paid the price of resistance. Fredericktown and Georgetown suffered the consequences of ignoring the warning.

(Inscription next to the image in the upper left)
This 1813 British sketch depicts the raid on Fredericktown and Georgetown. “A” denotes Fort Duffy. Contrary to the legend below, “B” is Fredericktown and “C” is Georgetown.

(Inscription next to the image in the lower right)
According to legend, Georgetown resident Kitty Knight successfully appealed to Admiral Cockburn to spare her home and that of her elderly neighbor.
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included

A Heavy Price Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 30, 2015
2. A Heavy Price Marker
in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 21.746′ N, 75° 52.887′ W. Marker is in Galena, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Queens Street. Touch for map. This marker is in Harbor View (formerly the location of Fort Duffy) and near the Kitty Knight house. Marker is in this post office area: Galena MD 21635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Daring to Resist (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown, Maryland (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mistress Kitty Knight (about 600 feet away); Sassafras River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Duffy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Downs’ Cross Roads (approx. 1.5 miles away); Greenfield (approx. 2 miles away); Founded on Friendship (approx. 3 miles away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
A Heavy Price Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 30, 2015
3. A Heavy Price Marker
A Heavy Price Marker-located in Harbor View image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 30, 2015
4. A Heavy Price Marker-located in Harbor View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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