No Match for British Might

No Match for British Might (HM1JEL)

Location: Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 St. Mary's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 28.701', W 76° 46.58'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

Bounded by the Patuxent and the Potomac, St. Mary's County felt the squeeze as British invaders attacked along both rivers, plundering towns and plantations at will. Officials petitioned for federal help "to rescue and save us." Little help came, however, because the nation's regular army was needed elsewhere.
Residents relied on a militia of ill-trained and poorly equipped volunteers for protection against powerful veteran British troops. The grounds of Charlotte Hall School (later Charlotte Hall Military Academy), operating here from 1774 to 1976, served as a mustering site for the county's militia. It is said that even young students from the school were called out to help. But the makeshift local militia was no match for the British, and the year-long campaign of terror continued.
(Inscription under the image on the right) The United States had only a small professional army, so towns throughout the Chesapeake relied on citizen soldiers for defense. They often faced overwhelming odds.
Some nearby places to learn more about the War of 1812 in Southern Maryland:
*Benedict-British landing site for the assault on Washington *Sotterley Plantation-Restored 18th-century plantation and slave quarter, a mustering site for militia *"The Old White House" on Veterans Home grounds, Charlotte Hall-Residence and school during the war *Leonardtown-Raided and occupied by the British; War of 1812 exhibits at historic Tudor Hall.
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HM NumberHM1JEL
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 Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 345055 N 4260385
Decimal Degrees38.47835000, -76.77633333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 28.701', W 76° 46.58'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 28' 42.06" N, 76° 46' 34.8" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30101-37579 Charlotte Hall School Rd, Charlotte Hall MD 20622, US
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