A Student of History

June 1, 2012

Maryland 1812 Battlefields Threatened

Filed under: Early America,Historic Preservation,Wars — John Maass @ 10:41 am

The Baltimore Sun has a recent article on endangered War of 1812 battle sites in Maryland.

Historians say changes to the way the federal government approaches the sites are long overdue.

“It is surprising how little attention is given to the sites from the Revolution and the War of 1812,” said Thomas J. Cassidy Jr., a lobbyist with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “There are very few protected sites associated with that enormously significant period.”

Other sites at risk in Maryland include several fields in Queen Anne’s County where a small American militia held off a British force of 300 in the 1813 Battle of Slippery Hill. The Department of the Interior list also includes Caulk’s Field, a Kent County battlefield that experts believe is the best-preserved War of 1812 site in the state.”

Battle of Bladensburg, MD

Battle of Bladensburg, MD

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