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Kent County 
Caulksfield Road 0.1 miles west of Maryland Route 21
Fairlee, MD 21620

Historical Significance:

Caulk’s Field is one of the stops on the War of 1812 Star Spangled National Historic Trail that winds through Kent County. Of the land battles of the war with Great Britain, 1812-1814, the battle of Caulk’s Field was of single importance upon the result of the battle of North Point and the defense of the city of Baltimore. This battle was fought in the early morning hours of August 31, 1814, on the soil of historic Old Kent, near what is now the well known summer resort, Tolchester.

Rated the best Maryland battelfield of the War of 1812, it has survived the centuries more or less intact. It still provides information to investigators about how the war was fought on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The War of 1812 Archaeology provides more details.

Historic Marker:

  • Marker Organization: Baltimore Chapter NSDAR
  • Marker Date: 1902
  • Marker Text: The British commanded by Sir Peter Parker, Baronet And the Americans commanded by Col. Philip Reed Met in engagement on this field August 31, 1814. The British were defeated And Sir Peter Parker killed.

Acknowledgements: Baltimore Chapter NSDAR erected this plaque in 1902.
Form Submitted By: Maryland State Society DAR Historic Preservation Committee 12/18/2015

 

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