Solid Ground

Solid Ground (HM1JEV)

Location: Hughesville, MD 20637 Charles County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 30.923', W 76° 41.469'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

More than 4,000 British troops camped here August 20, 1814, awaiting orders. After sailing from Bermuda in cramped quarters, they appreciated being on firm ground. One noted they were "made happy by the very feeling of the green sod under them."
They perched cannon on the hills and posted pickets to ward of an American attack, but none came.
"This...army was posted upon a height which rises at the distance of two miles from the river...the infantry bivouacked...upon the slope of the hill...in order to prevent their disposition from being seen by the enemy..."
British Lieutenant George Robert Gleig.
On the Move
With orders to march, a few officers rode horses while the troops set off on foot with heavy packs. Some hauled field guns; others carried rockets on their backs. After weeks aboard ships they were in no condition to march. Many of them succumbed to heat exhaustion within the first six miles.
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HM NumberHM1JEV
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 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 352561 N 4264355
Decimal Degrees38.51538333, -76.69115000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 30.923', W 76° 41.469'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 30' 55.38" N, 76° 41' 28.14" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17755 Prince Frederick Rd, Hughesville MD 20637, US
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