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Taylors Island Prepares for Battle of Ice Mound 200 Years Afterwards

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 TAYLORS ISLAND, Md.- 200 years ago to the day, American militia braved an ice storm to capture a British ship.  After two hours of musketfire, the British surrendered, and the last battle in the Chesapeake for the War of 1812, the Battle of the Ice Mound, was over.

On Saturday, Judy Slaughter says, the people of Dorchester county intend to honor the historic battle.

"We have 53 re-enactors coming from all over, as far as North Carolina, and we have three boats that will be in the water and they will actually do the battle.  J.B. Tieder is constructing a 40 by 45 foot ice mound and the militia will actually be behind there and fighting the British," said Slaughter.

The goal is to provide an educational event for families and especially children, showcasing the unique history of the area according to father Daniel Dunlap.

"I hope that people get out of this that this little neck of the world, of Maryland, actually was important in history," said Dunlap.

And it's not just the Battle of Ice Mound itself that changed the course of Dorchester county history, but organizers hope this re-enactment also changes the course of the county's history by leading to more events that allow locals to interact with history.

"There's a lot going on, and there's a lot of come hithers like myself that are not familiar with everything, and we're learning and we think everyone can learn," said Slaughter.

At 9:30 am on Saturday at Old Trinity Church in Church Creek, the War of 1812 Maryland Militia Honor Guard with Fife&Drum Corps fire a three volley salute to honor veterans of the war resting there.

At 10, the same will happen at Bethlehem Brick Church on Taylors Island, and again at 10:30 at Grace Church on the island.

At 11, the Taylors Island fire hall opens for warm up, hot cocoa, snacks, and a historical presentation, and then at noon, the Battle of Ice Mound will take place next to the Taylors Island Grille.

More information can be found at the group's facebook page.

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