Your Maryland - "The Burning of Havre de Grace"

May 1, 2014

Admiral Cockburn burning and plundering Havre de Grace, May 3, 1813
Credit Courtesy Brown University Library

On a beautiful morning in May 1813, the people of Havre de Grace awoke to a terrifying sight.

  

Out on the bay were the towering masts of a British fleet, and rowing toward them were landing craft filled with Redcoats. Admiral Cockburn, “the scourge of the Chesapeake,” had brought his reign of terror to the place the Marquis de Lafayette had named "Harbor of Mercy".  As his raiders swept ashore, the American militia fled, leaving only one defiant Irishman standing in their way.  This is his story.