Barney at Bladensburg

Barney at Bladensburg (HM1IXZ)

Location: Washington, DC 20003
Country: United States of America

N 38° 52.877', W 76° 58.838'

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— Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —

Barney Circle honors U.S. Navy Commodore Joshua Barney. In August 1814, Barney, his Chesapeake Flotillamen, and a contingent of U.S. Marines guarded a bridge over the Eastern Branch (Anacostia River) on today's Bladensburg Road, NE. When it became clear that the British were advancing on Bladensburg, Barney pleaded with the secretary of the Navy to join the fight. The commodore and his men hurried to the battlefield. They arrived just in time to put up the stiffest American resistance in the battle, but were overpowered. Barney was severely wounded. Impressed by Barney's courage, British officers treated his wounds and released him.



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Out of retirement
Commodore Barney was retired from the Navy when war broke out. "To content himself with following the plough...while the blast of war was blowing in his ears, would have been...altogether contrary to his nature," wrote his daughter-in-law Mary.



Final stand at Bladensburg. Oil by Charles Waterhouse, U.S. Marine Corps Collection.



"They gave us the only fighting we have had."
British Rear Admiral George Cockburn



In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, British troops marched on Washington with devastating results.



The Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail reveals sites of the War of 1812 in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Visit ChesapeakeExplorerApp.com or download the Chesapeake Explorer App.

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HM NumberHM1IXZ
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
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Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 328199 N 4305466
Decimal Degrees38.88128333, -76.98063333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.877', W 76° 58.838'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 52.62" N, 76° 58' 50.28" W
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Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 540-598 17th St SE, Washington DC 20003, US
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