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The Battle of Bladensburg/Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Annapolis Road & 46th Street
Bladensburg, MD 20710
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    The Battle of Bladensburg took place on August 24th, 1814. British forces broke camp at Melwood Park and moved northwest to Bladensburg. The Baltimore militia, under the command of General Tobias Sansburg, was positioned west of the Anacostia River along the Bladensburg-Washington Road in the area of the present day Colmar Manor, and Fort Lincoln Cemetery. Marching in the intense heat along the river road paralleling today’s Kenilworth Avenue, the British arrived in Bladensburg about noon and attacked the American defenders shortly thereafter. Read more about this historic battle.