Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum-Exhibit Farmers, Patriots and Traitors: Southern Maryland and the War of 1812
Southern Maryland and the War of 1812: Farmers, Patriots and Traitors
Joshua Barney Fleet
Backstory and Context
This will focus on the particular exhibit at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum; Farmers, Patriots and Traitors: Southern Maryland and the War of 1812.
Discovered on the land of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is evidence of the Battle of St. Leonard's Creek. Items included are cannonballs, musket shot and other military artifacts.
Right off the shore of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum the largest naval battle in the history of Maryland took place, Battle of St. Leonard's Creek. The battle took place on June 26, 1814 when ex-privateer, Commodore Joshua Barney assembled a fleet of eighteen small gun boats, barges and sloops.
The American Army, Marine and militia units were the land support for Barney's fleet. The British had control of the Chesapeake Bay since the beginning of the War of 1812 but finally after hundreds of shots were exchanged the British retreated.
"Yesterday morning at the point of day we woke up our enemies...." Joshua Barney, June 27, 1814.