On this day, After reports that British naval vessels were nearing St. Michaels, Md., to attack the shipbuilding town that night, the county militia placed lanterns on the tops of the tallest trees and on the masts of vessels in the harbor; and had all other lights extinguished. When the British attacked, they directed their fire too high and overshot the town.
How would it feel to know that you are relying on trick lighting to protect yourself from being shelled. Sometimes it amazes me to read about tactics and training practices from early America.
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