Arundel History

A Revolutionary Fight In Anne Arundel

April 01, 2007

Chalk Point in Galesville was the sole site in Anne Arundel County of Revolutionary War action.

On March 31, 1781, British ships proceeded up the West River in hopes of destroying patriot Stephen Steward's shipyard.

When they arrived at Chalk Point about a mile from their destination, they were led by a runaway slave. There they burned a ship of 20 tons that would have been ready to launch in three or four days.

[Source: Elihu S. Riley, author and historian, 1905]

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