St. George Island, Maryland

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Water Tower on St. George Island

St. George Island is an unincorporated community census-designated place in St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States. The post office at Piney Point, Maryland serves the island, which is connected to it by a short bridge.[1] During the War of 1812 the British made the island their headquarters, and raided shipyards and river plantations from this base. Many tall pines on the island were cut and shipped to England for ship masts.[2] In the 19th century the Roman Catholic Church, which owned the island, finally opened it to settlement, including some settlers who migrated from Smith Island.

Revolutionary War[edit]

On 17 July 1776, St. George Island, Maryland was the site of a battle in the American Revolutionary War where British forces under the command of John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore attempted to land on the mainland in Maryland.[3] Maryland's Flying Camp militia under the command of Captain Rezin Beall, who was wounded in action in this battle, repulsed the invading british, preventing the invasion of the mainland.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: St. George Island, Maryland
  2. ^ Pogue, Robert F. T. (1972). Old Maryland Landmarks. ASIN B009UQU4RY. 
  3. ^ a b "British Landing Prevented". Maryland Historical Marker. Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration (RM-673). Retrieved 3 August 2016. 

Coordinates: 38°07′12″N 76°29′01″W / 38.12000°N 76.48361°W / 38.12000; -76.48361