The Battle of Bladensburg was a significant part of the War of 1812 – a turning point before the burning of Washington DC and the eventual Battle of Baltimore. Major American figures were on the field that day – James Madison, James Monroe, Joshua Barney, and Francis Scott Key. While the battle was a loss for the American forces, it was also a time when the government realized the need for a stronger standing military. We commemorate this battle with signage, trails, and tours.
Prior to 2012, there was little to no recognition of this battle. However between 2010 and 2014, the Prince George’s County Committee on the War of 1812 and the Battle of Bladensburg Task Force worked to tell the story of the military actions and civilian life that preceded, surrounded, and followed the march across the county, the Battle of Bladensburg on August 24, 1814, and the burning of Washington D.C. Through interpretation at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, walking and bike tours, sites, events and signage, the Task Force continues to work with partners to ensure a complete visitor experience. Maryland Milestones/ATHA Inc. provides staff support for this program.
Visit Bladensburg Archaeology for a detailed video about the battle history as well as detailed historical information about the battle and the town of Bladensburg!