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Colonel George Armistead

 
 
Colonel George Armistead Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
1. Colonel George Armistead Marker
Inscription. [front side] This monument is erected in honor of the gallant defender of Fort McHenry near this city during its bombardment by the British Fleet on the 13th and 14th September 1814. He died universally esteemed and regretted on the 25th of April 1818 in the 39th year of his age.

[left side] Appointed Second Lieutenant of 7th Infantry January 8th 1799. Appointed Ensign of Infantry January 11th 1799. Appointed First Lieutenant of the 7th Infantry May 14th 1800. Transferred to the 1st Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers February 16th 1804. Appointed First Lieutenant in the Regiment of Artillerists April 17th 1802. Appointed Assistant Military Agent at Fort Niagara May 1802.

[right side] Transferred to the Artillery Corps under the Act of May 20th 1814. Appointed Brev. Lieut. Col. September 20th 1814 for gallant services in defence of Fort McHenry September 12th, 13th, and 14th 1814 & rank as such from September 12th 1814.

[rear side] Erected by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore September 12th 1882. Wm. Pinkney White, Mayor, in pursuance of a resolution approved May 3rd 1882, as a substitute for the monument erected by a former Mayor and City Council, in pursuance of resolutions approved March 4th 1827 and February 4th 1828, which stood in the Calvert street Spring grounds until it became defaced
Rear of Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
2. Rear of Monument
and destroyed by time during a period of thirty-five years.

Esto perpetuum

 
Erected 1882 by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore.
 
Location. 39° 16.818′ N, 76° 36.487′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Warren Street. Click for map. Monument is in Federal Hill Park. 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. Federal Hill (here, next to this marker); Major General Samuel Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Army of the Republic (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Federal Hill (about 400 feet away); Pride of Baltimore (about 400 feet away); Sailors Union Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Living Classrooms Foundation (approx. 0.3 miles away); Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. It was moved to Federal Hill Park from Eutaw Place.
 
Also see . . .  Maryland War of 1812 site with more information about the monument. (Submitted on February 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PersonsWar of 1812
 
Left side of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 30, 2009
3. Left side of the Monument
Right Side of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 30, 2009
4. Right Side of the Monument
Full view of Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
5. Full view of Monument
There are inscriptions on the East and West sides of this monument, but they are so eroded, they cannot be read.
Baltimore's Inner Harbor image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 30, 2009
6. Baltimore's Inner Harbor
View of inner harbor from behind the monument.
Col. Geo. Armistead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Other, circa 1910
7. Col. Geo. Armistead Marker
Colonel George Armistead image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
8. Colonel 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
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,501 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   6. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   7. submitted on , by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.   8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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