British Advance

British Advance (HM15IK)

Location: Bladensburg, MD 20710 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America
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N 38° 56.458', W 76° 56.466'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

This house from the days when Bladensburg was a busy port town where George Washington stopped as he traveled the Old Post Road. On August 24, 1814, the British established an artillery position nearby and fired cannon and rockets at American defenders. Local tradition claims that walls of the house were scarred by cannonballs, but no evidence exists.

Rockets Flying

Three weeks before Francis Scott Key immortalized the "rockets red glare" over Fort McHenry in the "Star Spangled Banner," British rockets screamed over the battlefield here. Congreve rockets reached targets a mile or more away. British artillery also included one 6 pounder and two 3 pounders — named for the weight of their cannonballs.
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HM NumberHM15IK
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 1:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 331770 N 4312017
Decimal Degrees38.94096667, -76.94110000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 56.458', W 76° 56.466'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 56' 27.48" N, 76° 56' 27.96" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4401 Upshur St, Bladensburg MD 20710, US
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