Thursday, February 7, 2013

Battle Of The Ice Mound

We had, in the winter of 1813-14*, a little affair on the Eastern Shore which went by the name of " The Battle of the Ice Mound." *February 7, 1815, was the date of the Battle Of The Ice Mound found on the historical marker. It is known as one of the last battles of the War of 1812.

A small schooner of ours taken by the British and manned by a few men under the command of a lieutenant and a midshipman, got frozen up in the ice near Kent Island. A number of the country militia [Colonel Jones] got out to this mound, and using it as a point of attack, protected from the enemy's fire, made a brisk assault from it upon the schooner, which was soon obliged to strike her colors.

The lieutenant and midshipman, with their party, were made prisoners, and were sent to Baltimore, where the two officers spent the winter,—quite distinguished objects in society,—and, I doubt not, much gratified at the exchange of their wintry guard on the bay for the comforts of a pleasant captivity. [All of the above from The Life of John Pendleton Kennedy]

From the Wednesday, February 22, 1815, edition of the American and Commercial Daily Advertiser (

This blog mentioned that Fort Bowyer was the last incident of the War of 1812.

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