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Location: Port Deposit, MD 21904 Cecil County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 36.276', W 76° 6.918'

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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."


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Rear 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.

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HM NumberHM1IVZ
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
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Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 1:06pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 404250 N 4384467
Decimal Degrees39.60460000, -76.11530000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.276', W 76° 6.918'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 16.56" N, 76° 6' 55.08" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5 S Main St, Port Deposit MD 21904, US
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