Stairwell Room: Revolutionary Annapolis Wall

Plan of the Harbour and City of Annapolis

Artist: Michel Captaine du Chesnoy (1746-1804),1781
Medium: Ink on paper
Library of the Ministry of Defense, Depot [France]

State House - Stairwell Room   

The French Army in the Chesapeake

The presence of French troops in Annapolis increased in 1781 as the war effort escalated in Virginia and the lower Chesapeake Bay. Drawn by the Marquis de Lafayette’s cartographer encamped in Annapolis, this is the earliest known topographical map of Maryland’s capital. It also shows forts, the encampment of Lafayette's troops, and the State House.

Many of the French soldiers wrote about their time in Annapolis. Several visited the State House and one commented, “The State House of the province is the most beautiful of any in America….Everything is delightfully clean.” Personal journals like these are important research aids aides in understanding colonial Maryland, Annapolis society at the time of the Revolution, and the early architecture of the Maryland State House.



KEy Images on the

Samuel Chase
Burning of the Peggy Stewart
Plan of the Harbour and City of Annapolis
The Honorable Thomas Stone
A Front View of the State House...
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

William Paca

Lord Ligonier Advertisement

Charles Calvert and Slave

The Fatal Stamp

Key Documents on the Wall

The Deputy Commissary's Guide...

Exhibits in the Stairwell Room

John Shaw # 1 Des