Your Maryland - "The Scourge of the Chesapeake"

May 8, 2014

Rear-Admiral George Cockburn
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England

When Rear-Admiral George Cockburn of the Royal Navy arrived in the Chesapeake in the spring of 1813, he was a naval hero of sterling reputation and a household name in Britain.


He departed later that summer with a price on his head and the towns and farms of the Chesapeake in smoking ruins. This is how it happened.