Monday, June 23, 2014

Ravages of the Enemy In Maryland June 24th 1814 - The Weekly Messenger, Boston, Mass.


ALEXANDRIA, JUNE 18 — By a gentleman direct from the neighborhood of Barney's Flotilla and the British squadron, who arrived  here  last evening, we have the ,most distressing account of the  situation of the inhabitants of that section of Maryland — A brig of 12 guns and 15 barges were as high up  the Patuxent on Thursday at Benedict — the barges had progressed to Nottingham, a considerable distance  above Benedict.  He states that a number of houses were burnt by them, and other enormities committed — among those were on belonging to Captain Mackall, and one to Mr. Broom — On crossing the ferry at a place called Pig Point  yesterday morning he distinctly saw the barges at Nottingham, and smoke issuing from a house which he was told belonged to General Bowie, and it is probable the whole village is burnt  — A tobacco warehouse has been burnt by them on the St. Mary's side of the Patuxent containing a quantity of tobacco.  He represents the distress of the citizens as extreme  — ­ the  woods and roads full of women and children flying in all directions from their homes. The British lay all the night before last at Lower Marlbro'.[1]

from: Christopher T. George's War of 1812 Blog
American and British Routes August to September 1814.  The broad yellow arrow shows American troop movements from Washington to the defense of Baltimore: General Ross's British Army returned to their troopships on the Patuxent for the trip up to the city on the Patapsco for a combined land-sea attack (turquoise and brown arrows).

[1] The Weekly Messenger; Date: 06-24-1814; Volume: 3; Issue: 36; Page: [3]; Location: Boston, Massachusetts.

Transcribed by John Peter Thompson: June 14th, 2013.

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