Letters from Commodore Joshua Barney"One of the enemy's rockets fell on board one of our barges, and, after passing through one of the men (one of only three Americans to die from a British rocket during the entire war in Maryland) set the barge on fire...a barrel of powder and another of musket cartridges, caught fire and exploded, by which several of the men were blown into the water, and one man very severely burned—-his face, hands and every uncovered part of his body, being perfectly crisped,. The magazines were both on fire and the commander of the boat, with his officers and crew, believing that she must inevitably blow up, abandoned her, and sought safety among the other barges. At this moment Major (William) Barney (the Commodore's son), who commanded the cutter Scorpion, hailed his father and asked permission to take charge of the burning boat. Major Barney immediately put himself on board, and by dint of active labor of bailing water into the boat and rocking her constantly from side to side, he very soon succeeded in putting out the fire and saving the boat, to the very great delight as well as astonishment of the commodore." -Commodore Barney on an incident on June 6, 1814.
|Placed By||Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development|
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|Date Added||Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 368403 N 4250641|
|Decimal Degrees||38.39431667, -76.50693333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 23.659', W 76° 30.416'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 23' 39.54" N, 76° 30' 24.96" W|
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|Area Code(s)||410, 301|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 10545 Mackall Rd, Saint Leonard MD 20685, US|
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