A County in Ruin

A County in Ruin (HM1J7C)

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

N 38° 41.503', W 76° 38.417'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

British raiding parties brought the war to Calvert County in 1814, destroying plantations and towns and carrying away the spoils. With the county's tobacco-based economy and England as its primary market at the start of the war, Britain's blockade of Chesapeake waters was devastating for local residents. The Maryland Gazette reported "a retaliatory system of plunder and conflagration" by the British following the Battles of St. Leonard Creek. People fled their homes. The original towns of Huntington and St. Leonard were burned to the ground. Many residents left war-torn Maryland to start anew elsewhere. Recovery following the War of 1812 was especially difficult for Calvert and the rest of Southern Maryland.
Some places to learn more about the War of 1812 in Calvert County
*Prince FrederickSite of British raid and burning of courthouse and jail *Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological ParkPlantation house; site where Royal Marines landed to join in the march to Washington *Jefferson Patterson Park and MuseumExhibits; site of largest naval engagement in Maryland history *Calvert Marine Museum-Exhibits depicting the British presence in Southern Maryland.
"In Calvert County absolute ruin has... overwhelmed its citizens..."
Maryland Gazette, June 30, 1814
(Inscription below the main image) The British often targeted stores of tobacco in their efforts to damage local economies.
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HM NumberHM1J7C
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 Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 357346 N 4283843
Decimal Degrees38.69171667, -76.64028333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 41.503', W 76° 38.417'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 41' 30.18" N, 76° 38' 25.02" W
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Area Code(s)443, 301, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd, Owings MD 20736, US
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