Town Ravaged

Town Ravaged (HM1J7B)

Location: Owings, MD 20736 Calvert County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 39.346', W 76° 40.977'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

A British force of about 160 Royal Marines and 30 Colonial Marines (former slaves) took Lower Marlboro on June 15, 1814, without and resistance. Occupying the town overnight, they burned warehouses full of tobacco, stole a schooner, livestock, and poultry, and captured a civilian named J. W. Reynolds. Thirteen slaves escaped with them.
"They opened all the feather beds...broke the doors and windows out and so tore the houses to pieces inside as to render them of very little value"
Baltimore American & Commercial Daily Advertizer, June 20, 1814.
Battle Worn
Charles Ball, a former slave born in Calvert County, may have lived in Lower Marlboro. He was a cook with the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla during both battles of St. Leonard Creek. Present at the Battle of Bladensburg, Ball later noted that the militia "ran like sheep being chased by dogs."
(Inscription below the image in the lower right) Characterization of Charles Ball by Keith Rocco.
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HM NumberHM1J7B
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
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Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceTown
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees38.65576667, -76.68295000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 39.346', W 76° 40.977'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 39' 20.76" N, 76° 40' 58.62" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)443, 301, 410
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3941 Lower Marlboro Rd, Owings MD 20736, US
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