Star-Spangled Banner National Historic TrailLocal militia attacked a British raiding party whose vessel was icebound near James Island February 7, 1815. Protected by a breastwork of ice, the Americans continued firing until the crew of 20 surrendered.
The two-hour skirmish, the "Battle of the Ice Mound," was the last engagement of the war in Maryland. Ratification of a peace treaty occurred 10 days later.
"After an engagement kept...for about two hours, suddenly the whole party of the enemy appeared upon deck and cried out for quarters, waving their handkerchief."American Private Joseph Fookes Stewart, February 19, 1815.
(Side bar) War PrizesThe victorious militia took the British crew as prisoners and confiscated the boat, a 12-pounder carronade, and other weapons. Later the militiamen shared $1,800, awarded by Congress for capturing and enemy vessel.
|Series||This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series|
|Placed By||National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 387081 N 4258724|
|Decimal Degrees||38.46970000, -76.29440000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 28.182', W 76° 17.664'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 28' 10.92" N, 76° 17' 39.84" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 634 MD-16, Church Creek MD 21622, US|
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