Battle of Solomon's Island: A little known story of the War of 1812

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A little known story of the heroic efforts of the small village of Solomon's Island to waylay the British fleet after they burned the public buildings in Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812. This historical fiction accurately explains the events of the invasion of Washington and the bombardment of Fort McHenry.

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During the War of 1812, much of the action of the war took place around the Chesapeake Bay.  Visit the Jefferson Patterson Park in Calvert County for a great insight into these battles. This is an excerpt from the Park's website: "The British had controlled the Chesapeake Bay since the beginning of the war.  In an attempt to open the Bay, a flamboyant ex-privateer, Commodore Joshua Barney, assembled a rag-tag fleet of eighteen small gun boats, barges, and sloops and headed down the Bay in June of 1814. Barney's Chesapeake Flotilla clashed with the British on June 8 - 10 and again on June 26th in the Battle of St. Leonard Creek.  The battle, which is the largest naval engagement in the history of Maryland, took place where the Patuxent River meets the mouth of St. Leonard Creek, right off the shore of JPPM.

The naval engagement was supported on land by American Army, Marine, and militia units, including a gun battery which was located on JPPM property.  Both the land units and the flotilla engaged the British, and hundreds of shots per hour were exchanged between the two forces.  Archaeological evidence of the battle has been discovered on JPPM grounds in the form of cannonballs, musket shot and other military artifacts. Eventually the British retreated and Barney's fleet was able to escape from St. Leonard Creek."

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The words to the national anthem of the United States, the Star Spangled Banner, are often sung with glory and passion but many may not realize that those words were written first as a poem by an attorney who had been kept on a British ship during the bombardment of Fort McHenry.
The fort guarded the entrance to Baltimore harbor and the attorney, Francis Scott Key, was on the ship seeking the release of a friend who had been captured by the British as they invaded Washington, D. C.
Key's words told the story of what happened that is the culmination of this book, the Battle of Solomon's Island. This fictional battle is set in a real geographical location that the British, fresh from their victory, had to sail past on their way to invade Baltimore. Thus, what might have happened is our story, what actually happened is forever enshrined in the history of the United States of America.
Herein are the words of the famous witness to the bombardment of Fort McHenry:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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