Bene­dict not only place where in­vaders have set foot

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I just read the ad­ver­tis­ing sup­ple­ment to the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, 2016 Charles County New­com­ers Guide. On page 24, sec­ond para­graph, you state, “The small town of Bene­dict is the only spot in the United States where for­eign troops have in­vaded our shores.” This in not true. The United States was in in­vaded by Bri­tish troops at the Bat­tle of Detroit, Aug. 15-16, 1812, the Bat­tle of Ham­p­den, Maine, on Aug. 26, 1814, the Bat­tle of New Or­leans on Jan. 8-18, 1815. Dur­ing the Civil War, the Con­fed­er­ate States of Amer­ica in­vaded the Union on Sept. 4, 1862, and fought the Bat­tle of An­ti­etam, and again on June 15, 1863, on the way to Get­tys­burg. Dur­ing WWII, the Ja­panese in­vaded the Aleu­tian, Alaska, is­lands of Attu and Kiska on June 3, 1942, and held them un­til May 29, 1943. The Ja­panese also in­vaded the then Com­mon­wealth of the Philip­pines in 1941 as well as sev­eral other small Pa­cific is­lands, such as Wake, Peale and Wilkes and Marshall and Gil­bert. Even if you qual­ify the state­ment by mean­ing only U.S. states, (which the ar­ti­cle did not) but not in­clud­ing the Civil War, it is still false, since Louisiana was ad­mit­ted to the Union on April 30, 1812, al­most three years be­fore the bat­tle.

I’ll bet I’ve missed a few oth­ers as well. I like his­tory, but you don’t get to make it up. It is what it is.

Fred­er­ick Scott, St. Charles

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