Battle of Bladensburg Monument


Aman Trust President John Gianetti explains the new Battle of Bladensburg Monument. (Eric Zhang)

Aman Trust President John Gianetti explains the new Battle of Bladensburg Monument. (Eric Zhang)

Read this great article in the Washington Post on the status of the monument! 


As the bicentennial of the War of 1812 approaches, there is a need for appropriate commemoration of the Battle of Bladensburg. This proposed monument will serve as a tribute to the soldiers, sailors and marines who fought and died defending their Nation’s Capital on August 24, 1814. The memorial presents Commodore Joshua Barney, not in a moment of triumph, but shortly after he is wounded. He is being assisted by Charles Ball, a former slave and member of the flotilla who fought alongside Barney at Bladensburg. The other figure represents a member of the Marines. All three figures are looking up, “undaunted” with their weapons at the ready.


The figures will be sculpted in relief and cast in bronze. The bronze panel will be housed in a limestone base that reads “Undaunted in Battle.” The back surface of the base will house the official Battle of Bladensburg Interpretive Marker. Constructed of granite, the marker will provide a focus for tourism in the area, and will contain information about the battle and battlefield, including a narrative summary of the battle with quotations, maps and graphics.


The proposed location of the memorial is the center of the Bladensburg Balloon Park, a landscaped area owned by MNCPPC, between the Peace Cross and an existing parking lot next to the George Washington House. It will be easily visible to vehicles and pedestrian traffic.


The sculptor selected for the proposed memorial is Joanna Blake. Mrs. Blake, a resident of Cottage City, is a figurative sculptor with a studio in Brentwood, MD. Since 2001 she has worked for Kaskey Studio,Inc., where she has contributed her design and sculpting skills to the creation of a number of large scale public monuments, most notably, the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.


The Aman Memorial Trust is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization that supports historic preservation in and about the Town of Bladensburg. The Trust has taken the lead in organizing a memorial committee that will receive and disburse funds for the memorial. Support for the project has been strong, with commitments from The Friends of the Battle of Bladensburg and several other organizations including local and state government. Our goal is for the sculpture and surrounding landscape to create a space for reflection; a destination for tourists interested in history and a reminder to Maryland residents of the historical events of August 24,1814.


For more information, contact:

John Giannetti, Chairman
Aman Memorial Trust
(301) 927-0033

Be sure to grab the Prince George's County Conference & Visitors Bureau's Visitors Guide - which has a great item on the War of 1812!

Have you visited our Undaunted Shop yet? A dollar of your purchase goes to the work we are doing to commemorate the 200th anniversary. There are some great things to buy!