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Mortars vs. Guns

 
 
Mortars vs. Guns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
1. Mortars vs. Guns Marker
Inscription. When the British attacked in 1814, guns of this type – but larger – were fired from the ramparts and the water batteries near the riverbank. They kept the British warships from entering Baltimore Harbor, but they could not shoot far enough to hit the vessels that were hurling bombs at the fort.

According to the American Commander’s report, the British fired more than 1,500 bombs. These are the famous “bombs bursting in air” mentioned in our National Anthem. Displayed here are two which failed to explode. Fortunately, there were many duds and many misses, and the fort suffered little damage.

The gun tubes you see here are not known to have been at Fort McHenry during the bombardment. They are, however, authentic pieces from the War of 1812 period.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.803′ N, 76° 34.792′ 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
Marker in Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
2. Marker in Fort McHenry
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Full Glory Reflected (a few steps from this marker); Star-Spangled Banner (a few steps from this marker); Commanding Officer’s Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Guardhouse (a few steps from this marker); Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproofs (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.
 
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
 
Magazine and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
3. Magazine and Marker
The magazine is the barn like structure in the center. The marker is just to the right of the magazine.
Gun Tubes Display image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
4. Gun Tubes Display
Cannon similar to these were used at Fort McHenry during the September 13-14, 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Their range was too short to do any damage to the attacking British ships.
British Bomb image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
5. British Bomb
This bomb, fired at the fort by the British during the 1814 bombardment, failed to explode.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,390 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   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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