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Somerset County to honor role in War of 1812

PRINCESS ANNE — A newly formed committee is planning events to honor the role of Somerset County in the War of 1812, which will celebrate its bicentennial next year.

Paul Touart, an architectural historian and committee member, says Somerset saw its share of skirmishes with the British. Touart says old newspaper accounts tell of 80 British soldiers coming ashore at Deal Island, ships that were burned in the Annemessex River and a sloop that was captured in the Pocomoke River.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the committee plans to identify sites in the county that are associated with the war. Warner Sumpter, chairman of the group, says the committee also plans to create a trail for visitors to follow.