Daring to Resist

Daring to Resist (HM16CJ)

Location: Galena, MD 21635 Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 21.709', W 75° 52.86'

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From opposite sides of the Sassafras River local militia fired at British raiders advancing toward Fredericktown and Georgetown May 5-6 , 1813. The militia fought only briefly before retreating, but the towns paid dearly. The British reduced much of Fredericktown to ashes; then crossed to Georgetown, setting much of it aflame as well. Catharine "Kitty" Knight reportedly persuaded the British commander to save this house and that of her elderly neighbor, two of the ten or so houses that survived the sacking of Georgetown.

Residents of nearby Turner's Creek did not resist. The British spared the settlement, "leaving People of this Place well-pleased with the wisdom of their mod of receiving us."

"Yesterday I witnessed a scene that surpasses all description. It was the little villages of George and Fredericktown, nearly all in flames" — Washington Daily National Intelligencer, May 14, 1813
HM NumberHM16CJ
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Year Placed2012
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 2:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 424102 N 4357299
Decimal Degrees39.36181667, -75.88100000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.709', W 75° 52.86'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 42.54" N, 75° 52' 51.60" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14028 Queens St, Galena MD 21635, US
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