Enemy Occupation

Enemy Occupation (HM1J6K)

Location: Chester, MD 21619 Queen Anne's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.488', W 76° 14.918'

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— War of 1812 —

Kent Island served as an ideal base of operations for the British in August 1813, as it was already an important link between Maryland's eastern and western shores. The British took over the Kent Island-Annapolis ferry, including a cargo of cattle, and used the ferry landing as one of several encampments. As many as 3,000 British troops conducted raids along the middle Bay from Kent Island.
As part of a strategy to disrupt the American economy, the British offered freedom to slaves who escaped their masters and joined the British. More than 150 slaves came from the Eastern Shore. The British destroyed many Kent Island plantations in the short time they held the island.
"From the landing...of cannon on Kent Island, it appears to be the intention of the enemy to keep possession of it for some time..."
Captain Charles Gordon, August 7, 1813. An estimated 4,000 slaves fled their American masters to pursue freedom with the British. Many former slaves were trained to fight alongside the British as the Colonial Corps of Marines.

Nearby places to explore the War of 1812: *Slippery Hill Site-Area where Americans skirmished with British troops advancing on Queenstown *Easton-Site of an armory and the earthworks of Fort Stoakes *Queenstown-Where British approached by land and water in a surprise attack August 13, 1813 *St. Michaels-Town that twice repulsed British attacks.
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HM NumberHM1J6K
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, February 16th, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 391838 N 4314721
Decimal Degrees38.97480000, -76.24863333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.488', W 76° 14.918'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 29.28" N, 76° 14' 55.08" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 441 Piney Narrows Rd, Chester MD 21619, US
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