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British Bomb

 
 
British Bomb Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
1. British Bomb Marker
Inscription. Fired by the British Naval Forces during the bombardment of this fort Sept. 13-14, 1814 when by the light of “Bombs bursting in air” the National Anthem – The Star Spangled Banner had its birth.
 
Erected 1910 by Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.809′ N, 76° 34.817′ 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. 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. Powder Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Commanding Officer’s Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Mortars vs. Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); In Full Glory Reflected (within shouting distance of this marker); Star-Spangled Banner (within shouting distance of this marker); Direct Hit (within shouting distance
British Bomb Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
2. British Bomb Marker
of this marker); Civil War Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cistern and Well (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Baltimore. HistoryCentral.com. (Submitted on August 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar of 1812
 
Marker at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
3. Marker at Fort McHenry
This carcass was a hollow shell filled with flammable ingredients. Had the British defeated Fort McHenry and reached Baltimore, these weapons would have been used to incinerate the wooden buildings in the city.
British Bomb Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
4. British Bomb Marker
This is one of four carcasses fired at the fort from the British bomb vessel Volcano during the bombardment. Nearly 1500 mortar bombs hurled at the fort were even more damaging. They killed four and wounded 24 defenders.
British Bomb with Mortar and Gun Display image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
5. British Bomb with Mortar and Gun Display
Cannon, like the ones displayed here, were stationed at Fort McHenry during the British bombardment. They prevented the British ships from entering the harbor, but could not shoot far enough to damage the ships.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,153 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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