Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Francis Scott Key watched these dramatic events from the deck of a truce ship down the river to your left. His description of the battle was immortalized in “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the song that later became our National Anthem.
The fort has undergone many changes since 1814, yet many original structures survive in whole or part. Historic sites on this tour will help you to recall those unforgettable hours when Fort McHenry’s defenders saved a city and inspired a song.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
Location. 39° 15.85′ N, 76° 34.802′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from E Fort Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on grounds of Fort McHenry National Monument, at the beginning of the walking trail of the fort. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armistead (within shouting distance of this marker); Allegiance by Force (within shouting distance of this marker); Evolution of Fort McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); Preservation of Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); British Bomb (within shouting distance of this marker); A Star Spangled Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. The middle of the marker contains a picture of Fort McHenry under attack by the British fleet. It has a caption of “The British attack on Baltimore came during the closing months of the War of 1812. The enemy fleet fired more than 1,500 mortar bombs at the fort, but inflicted little damage. Unable to destroy the cannon in the fort’s water batteries, the British abandoned their attempt to capture the city. Painting courtesy Maryland Historical Society.”
The right of the marker features a map of the fort grounds as they are today. The caption is “Fort McHenry in 1814 - The brick walls and earthen parapets of Fort McHenry have changed somewhat since 1814. Other structures have long since disappeared.
Many of the buildings inside the fort were modified for military purposes after 1814. Other structures were added later, that do not appear on the map.
Locations of several early buildings outside the fort are outlined in brick on the lawn.”
Also see . . .
1. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. National Park Service.
2. Battle of Baltimore. HistoryCentral.com.
Categories. • Notable Events • Notable Places • War of 1812 •
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