War on the Water

War on the Water (HM1J8L)

Location: Saint Leonard, MD 20685 Calvert County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 24.125', W 76° 30.818'

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Star-Spangled National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

The largest naval engagement in Maryland took place in St. Leonard Creek in June 1814. Americans prevailed in a series of skirmishes June 8-10, but the British ultimately trapped them in the creek. The first battle had little effect.
On June 26, U.S. land units gave support from nearby heights. Following the intense fighting in the Second Battle of St. Leonard Creek, the Chesapeake Flotilla escaped up the Patuxent.
"The Enemy opened a Battery of Five Guns on the two Ships under by Command, from the high land, forming the Entrance of (St.) Leonards Creek...shortly after the Flotilla...rounded the point and opened a well directed fire on both Ships..."
British Capt. Thomas Brown to Rear Adm. George Cockburn, June 27, 1814.
On the Scene
The main action of June 26, 1814, occurred at the confluence of the Patuxent River and St. Leonard Creek at the south end of today's Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Explore the various interpretive sites within the park.
Details
HM NumberHM1J8L
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
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Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceBattlefield
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 Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 1:04pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees38.40208333, -76.51363333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 24.125', W 76° 30.818'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 24' 7.5" N, 76° 30' 49.08" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9979 Mackall Rd, Saint Leonard MD 20685, US
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