The City Spared

The City Spared (HM1IJW)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21401 Anne Arundel County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.722', W 76° 29.646'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

British vessels anchored offshore several times in 1813 and 1814, giving Annapolis good reason to expect an attack. Lookouts watched enemy maneuvers from the statehouse dome. Public records were removed from the city for safekeeping. When British warships came into view after the invasion of Washington, many frightened residents fled.

Annapolis celebrated news of the war's end in February 1815—-grateful the danger had passed.

"As we passed the picturesque town of Annapolis...we could plainly perceive the inhabitants flying in all directions."
British midshipman Robert J. Barrett, September 1814.

(Inscription beside the image in the center)

Maryland's capital city, as elsewhere, celebrated news of the peace treaty.

Places to visit-Many Annapolis building have War of 1812 connections. Francis Scott Key attended school at St. John's College and was married at Chase-Lloyd House. War issues were debated in the statehouse, and the dome was an observation post. The U.S. Naval Academy, built on grounds of Fort Severn, has War of 1812 collections on display.

Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 370581 N 4315474
Decimal Degrees38.97870000, -76.49410000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.722', W 76° 29.646'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 43.32" N, 76° 29' 38.76" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301, 443, 202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 West St, Annapolis MD 21401, US
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