Saturday, April 19, 2014 Friday, April 18, 2014

Captain Thompson: “Mrs. Charlotte Nicols, Mrs. Wirgman, Miss Bowly & Mr. Harper call’d & drank Tea”

Captain Thompson: “Mrs. Charlotte Nicols, Mrs. Wirgman, Miss Bowly & Mr. Harper call’d & drank Tea”

18 – Fine day – Wind S.E. – Went to Town return’d to Dinner. Mrs. Charlotte Nicols, Mrs. Wirgman, Miss Bowly & Mr. Harper call’d & drank Tea

From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, April 18, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.

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Chasseur: Ship’s log, April 18th

Chasseur: Ship’s log, April 18th

April 18th
Latitude 35, 43 Longitude 1, 30, captured the British ship London Packer, mounting 19 guns, and schooner Melpomene, mounting 6 guns, in company, from Gibraltar to Brazil with a cargoes of wine, brandy and corks. They at first indicated by their maneuvers a disposition to resist, but surrendered without firing a shot.

From the journal of the Chasseur, excerpted in Baltimore American,…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today in Patterson Park, volunteers working with Jason Shellenhamer, Ryun Papson, and archeologist Emily Walter uncovered a brick foundation for the structure identified in our earlier remote sensing survey. With multiple units open, we’ve also started to recover a number of intriguing artifacts including coins, ceramics and even a French gunflint that could potentially have been used with a French rifle during the War of 1812.

Thanks to Emily for capturing a shot of the gunflint on Instagram right after it came out of the ground! Thanks also to Johns Hopkins and Ryun for sharing a few more photos of our second day of field excavations below.

[We Dig Hampstead Hill] Field excavation finds a brick foundation and a French gunflint #bmore1814 Today in Patterson Park, volunteers working with Jason Shellenhamer, Ryun Papson, and archeologist Emily Walter uncovered a brick foundation for the structure…

Captain Thompson: “we can this day do without Fires”

Captain Thompson: “we can this day do without Fires”

17 April Sunday – Very fine day & altho we had Ice yesterday morning, we can this day do without Fires ~ Rode to Hampton with S. Sterett and Robt. Patterson, din’d there and return’d Home early in the evening ~ No company at Clifton ~

From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, April 17, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.

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ICYMI: April 11 - Samuel Blodget, merchant, economist and amateur architect, dies penniless at a Baltimore hospital #bmore1814

On April 11, 1814, Samuel Blodget, a man who  symbolized the growth and ambition of celebrated in early America, died penniless at a Baltimore hospital.

ICYMI: April 11 - Samuel Blodget, merchant, economist and amateur architect, dies penniless at a Baltimore hospital #bmore1814

On April 11, 1814, Samuel Blodget, a man who  symbolized the growth and ambition of celebrated in early America, died penniless at a Baltimore hospital.

Commodore Joshua Barney: “Forty came on board the evening of the 13th. All drunk. & caused the greatest confusion”

When the sailors from the USS Essex drank too much grog, Commodore Barney got mad #bmore1814

On April 15, 1814, Commodore Joshua Barney again wrote to Secretary of the Navy William Jones describing Captain Robert T. Spence’s resistance to transferring his men to the Chesapeake Flotilla. Barney was even more upset when the men finally arrived but were so drunk he had to “[put] the most of them in Irons” and send seventeen others to the hospital.

Detail of a grog cup, U.S. Navy

Detail of a grog cup with the incised…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Capt. Baker, of the sloop Swallow of Baltimore. being chased into St Jerome’s creek by a British barge"

ICYMI: “Capt. Baker, of the sloop Swallow of Baltimore. being chased into St Jerome’s creek by a British barge” #bmore1814

Image courtesy marinas.com

Image courtesy marinas.com

On April 10, 1814, Captain Baker, commander of the Sloop Swallow from Baltimore wrote to his wife to share his frightening encounter with a British barge on St. Jerome’s Creek in St. Mary’s County on April 6. The Niles’ Weekly Register shared news of the fight on April 23 writing:

Capt. Baker, of the sloop Swallow of Baltimore, being chased into St Jerome’s creek by a…

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Captain Thompson: “Frost and Ice thick as a Dollar”

Captain Thompson: “Frost and Ice thick as a Dollar”

16 – Very cold morning with Frost and Ice thick as a Dollar, went to Town din’d at Mr. S. Steretts ~

From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, April 16, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.

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Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us last night for our rainy volunteer workshop in Patterson Park. Delayed a day by yesterday’s storm, the field excavation started today led by fieldwork supervisor Jason Shellenhamer and team archeologist Ryun Papson together with a great team of volunteers recruited in partnership with the Archeological Society of Maryland.

Check out the a few photos below from the first day of the excavation and please join us this Saturday for our community open house (and a repeat volunteer workshop for anyone who missed last night).

[We Dig Hampstead Hill] A rainy day followed by an exciting start to archeology in Patterson Park Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us last night for our rainy volunteer workshop in Patterson Park.