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Leaving Home: Meet the First Maryland Regiment

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021

Location: Shiplap House, 18 Pinkney Street

Time: 11 am - 4 pm

It’s the summer of 1776, and the First Maryland Regiment, under the command of General William Smallwood, are getting ready to leave their family, friends and sweethearts in Annapolis. Several weeks later, the Regiment will provide cover for the retreat of American troops at the Battle of Long Island. As the last to leave the battlefield, their bravery and their sacrifice will come to be known as the “Maryland 400."20210911-Leaving-Home-Maryland-First-Regiment-Marching

Visit Pinkney Street and meet the men as they prepare to leave Annapolis and head into battle, watch them drill for the upcoming fight with British forces, and talk with their families and see how they prepare their supplies. Learn how the efforts and incredible courage of these men allowed the rest of the Continental Army to escape complete destruction at the first major battle of the Revolutionary War.

Owen Lourie, Maryland State Archives historian, will offer a special presentation on the Maryland 400, telling the full story of these men and their bravery. This talk will be offered at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

Advance registration for timed entry is recommended. Timed entry will be offered at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. (Once you have entered the event, you may visit as long as you like!)

Cost: Free (suggested donation, $5)


Please note: This event takes place mostly outdoors. Facial coverings are not required outside, but are recommended for those who are not vaccinated. Masks will be required for all visitors at Hogshead when inside the building.

About Our Presenters: Today's First Maryland Regiment has commemorated the bravery of Maryland's colonial troops since the 1970's. Today, the unit is composed of 30+ members, including women and children.

Owen Lourie is a historian at the Maryland State Archives, where he joined the staff in 2003. He has conducted and supervised research on a wide array of topics relating to Maryland history, specializing in the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Federal eras, as well as the operations and members of the state's government. Since 2013, he has been the project director of Finding the Maryland 400, a collaboration with the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, studying the soldiers who saved the Continental Army at the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776.


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