The Road to the Capitol
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
—Battle of Bladensburg —
While the American militia were unable to hold back the British attack at the Anacostia River, Marines and sailors —including U. S. Chesapeake Flotillamen—set up a defense blocking the road outside present-day Fort Lincoln Cemetery. After hours of intense fighting, American forces were overrun and British troops marched to invade the Nation's Capital.
(Inscription under the image in the lower right)
In the summer of 1814, the landscape of the battlefield was very different than it is today. Once outside the village of Bladensburg, in modern Cottage City and Colmar Manor, buildings gave way to open countryside—gently rolling terrain with farm fields, orchards, and forest.
(Inscription above the map on the left side)
This map shows the progression of the Battle from the Town of Bladensburg toward the Capitol via the Turnpike (modern U.S. Alt 1) and Bunker Hill Road.
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Valiant Stand (here, next to this marker); Marines & Flotillamen (a few steps from this marker); Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away); The Road to the Capital (about 400 feet away); Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (about 400 feet away); Second Line Falls (was about 400 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Historic Fort Lincoln Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colmar Manor.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.