Crossing Point

Crossing Point (HM1J6L)

Location: Grasonville, MD 21638 Queen Anne's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.13', W 76° 14.614'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

British soldiers approaching Queenstown by land August 13, 1813, had to negotiate a thin mile-long causeway through marshes at The Narrows. The only road connection between Kent Island and the Eastern Shore mainland was the crude hand-dug rutted wagon trail.
The night-time crossing would have been unpleasant for the 300 men marching in wool uniforms and heavy leather boots.
"This narrows...is skirted on both sides by extensive marshes...To approach the Island ... you must traverse a narrow causeway upwards of a mile...across the marsh."
Major William H. Nicholson, Maryland Militia, August 16, 1813
Two-Pronged Attack
Major Nicholson reported that his 214 soldiers and 100 cavalry could be facing 3,000 or more British. On August 13, his scouts brought "painful intelligence" of enemy forces arriving from Kent Narrows and from Queenstown Creek, threatening to trap the militia between the two.
(Inscription beside the image on the right) Cavalry scouts from outposts on the main road reported the enemy's approach. Trooper; Light Cavalry, Maryland Volunteer Militia, 1814, Watercolor by Herbert Knotel. Image/Courtesy Anne E.A. Brown Military Collection, Brown University, Providence.
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HM NumberHM1J6L
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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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 392268 N 4314053
Decimal Degrees38.96883333, -76.24356667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.13', W 76° 14.614'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 7.8" N, 76° 14' 36.84" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Cross Island Trail, Grasonville MD 21638, US
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