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Armistead

 
 
Armistead Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
1. Armistead Marker
Inscription. To Col. George Armistead, April 10, 1779 – April 25, 1818, commander of this fort during the bombardment by the British Fleet, Sept. 13-14 1814. War of 1812.

Erected Spet. 12, 1914 by the City of Baltimore, Soc. War of 1812 contributing. In commemoration of the gallant defense of Fort McHenry under the command of Col. George Armistead, which was the inspiration of the National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
 
Erected 1914 by the City of Baltimore and the Society of the War of 1812.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.867′ N, 76° 34.8′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Fort Avenue. Click for map. Statue is on the fort grounds adjacent to the Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Remember 1814 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine (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); Allegiance by Force (within shouting distance of this marker); O'er the Ramparts We Watch! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Star Spangled Centennial (about 400 feet away); Fort McHenry (about 400 feet away); British Bomb (about 400 feet away); Commanding Officer’s Quarters (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
Erected Sept. 12 1914 Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. Erected Sept. 12 1914
By
The City of Baltimore
Soc of War of 1812 Contributing
in Commemoration of the Gallant
Defense of Fort McHenry
Col. George Armistead
Which was the Inspiration of the
National Anthem
The Star-Spangled Banner

 
Regarding Armistead. “During the War of 1812, Col. George Armistead (1779–1818) was in command of Fort McHenry when Maryland was invaded by the British on September 13 and 14, 1814. For twenty-five hours, Armistead and his men endured a heavy bombardment from the British. During the bombardment, Francis Scott Key was held on one of the enemy’s ships, where he had gone on an official mission. It was on the ship’s deck that he composed the verses of the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ ” —from the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System.
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable PersonsWar of 1812
 
To<br>George Armistead Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. To
George Armistead
April 10 1779       April 25 1818
Commander of this Fort
During the Bombardment
By the British Fleet
Sept 13-14 1814 War of 1812
Colonel George Armistead (1779–1818) Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
4. Colonel George Armistead (1779–1818)
Bronze by Edward Berge (1876–1924) is 8 feet tall on a 13½ foot granite base.
Full view of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
5. Full view of Monument
A much older monument dedicated to Col. Armistead is located at Federal Hill. See Col. Geo. Armistead.
Armistead Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
6. Armistead
Armistead Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
7. Armistead
George Armistead Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
8. George Armistead
This 1818 painting of George Armistead by Rembrandt Peale hangs in the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

“George Armistead is most often remembered for commissioning Mary Pickersgill to make ‘a flag so large… the British would have no difficulty seeing from a distance’ and flying that forty-two-by-thirty-foot flag over Fort McHenry during the twenty-five hour bombardment in September 1814. Francis Scott Key immortalized the flag in his verses about the ‘star-spangled banner.’ As commander of the fort on that fateful day, Armistead and his men held the British Navy at bay and earned a celebrated position among the city's defenders.” — Maryland Historical Society
 

 
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