Kent County Militia battle the British at Caulks Field and the burning of Georgetown




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Introduction: The War of 1812 is referred to as The Forgotten War, in spite of the fact that its defining moments were some of the most memorable in U.S. history: Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry’s naval victory in Lake Erie; the invasion of Washington by the British and first lady Dolley Madison’s rescue of George Washington’s portrait from the White House; the Battle of Fort McHenry, and Francis Scott Key’s writing of a poem that became The Star Spangled Banner; and Andrew Jackson’s victory at New Orleans.

The War of 1812 in Kent County reflects this paradox: an all but forgotten war, but one in which residents and local militia faced some of the most defining moments in local history.  It was the only war Kent County would experience on its own soil.  During the spring and summer of both 1813 and 1814, residents faced immediate threats from the enemy as the British terrorized the Chesapeake, looting and burning farms and towns.  Kent County citizens and local militia were tested and stood their ground with ingenuity and determination during the burning of Georgetown, the rescue of the Kitty Knight House and the Battle of Caulk's Field.
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