Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —Port Deposit, then called Creswell's Ferry, was on high alert May 3, 1813. Smoke rising from towns across the river meant British raiders might strike here.
Port Deposit was spared, perhaps due to its well-defended battery. Or, as legend claims, enemy raiders heard that the defenders could "shoot an eye out of a crow upon the wing."
Exploit and ExploreRear Admiral George Cockburn led a British squadron to the head of the Bay in 1813 to harass coastal towns and destroy American supplies. They also charted local waters, gathering information to use when they returned the following year.
"I detached a small division of Boats up the Susquehanna to take and destroy whatever they might meet with in it."British Rear Admiral George Cockburn to Admiral John B. Warren, May 3, 1813.
(Inscription beside the image on the left) A gun battery at Port Deposit, visible from the water, may have deterred British raiders from attacking the town.
(Inscription under the image on the bottom right) Cockburn (foreground) in 1814 depiction of British raid on Havre de Grace-Image courtesy of Maryland Historical Society.
|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||Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 1:06pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 404250 N 4384467|
|Decimal Degrees||39.60460000, -76.11530000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 36.276', W 76° 6.918'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 36' 16.56" N, 76° 6' 55.08" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||410, 443|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 5 S Main St, Port Deposit MD 21904, US|
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