St. Mary's County People and Places
St. George's Island
Photo courtesy Linda Reno



Road Sign at St. George's Island

British Landing Prevented July 17, 1776

Capt. Rezin Beall (Later Brig. Gen. in "Flying Camp") was wounded here in repulse of British efforts to cross to mainland from St. George's Island. Fighting continued until July 29. Lord Dunmore, commanding 72 marauding British vessels on Potomac River, was also wounded here. Offshore, five British ships were disabled.

NOTE: A bit further down the highway is another road marker that indicates that this was the first battle of the Revolutionary War in Maryland.