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Dundalk in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Witness to Battle

Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Witness to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2015
1. Witness to Battle Marker
Inscription. The Methodist Meeting House that stood near this site saw action September 11-12, 1814. Brigadier General John Stricker camped 3,200 troops here to await the enemy’s advance. When the Americans withdrew, British soldiers camped on the same grounds. The church became a field hospital for both armies. American and British physicians worked side by side to treat soldiers wounded in the battle.

Chosen Spot
Nearby Bread and Cheese Creek helped determine where General Stricker chose to make a stand against the British. Together with Bear Creek and Back River, it created one of the narrowest-and most defensible-parts of Patapsco Neck (highlighted on the map above).

"The meeting-house, a place of worship...was converted into an (sic) temporary place of refuge for friends and foes. The temple of God...vibrated with the groans of the wounded and dying."
British Captain James Scott, Recollections, 1834
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 16.758′ N, 76° 29.246′ W. Marker is in Dundalk, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker

Close up of the map on the Witness to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Witness to Battle Marker
This historic map, sketched in 1814 by James Kearney for the American army, shows the narrows of Patapsco Neck where the Methodist Meeting House stood at the time of the Battle of North Point.
is on North Point Road. Click for map. The marker is located in North Point State Park Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dundalk MD 21222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Squeeze Tactic (within shouting distance of this marker); Proud of Our Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); Delay Tactic (within shouting distance of this marker); Hitting Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); To Honor the Heroes (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Proud of Our Stand (about 600 feet away); At Patapsco Neck (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defenders Honored (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dundalk.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Witness to Battle Marker-Distant shot of the North Point Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2015
3. Witness to Battle Marker-Distant shot of the North Point Battlefield
Witness to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2015
4. Witness to Battle Marker
The Old Methodist Meetinghouse image. Click for full size.
5. The Old Methodist Meetinghouse
This photo of the old Meeting House at Bread and Cheese Creek appeared in National Star-Spangled Banner Centennial, Baltimore Maryland September 6 to 14; Part 1, Official Program,; 1914, compiled by Frank O'Connell.
The Old Methodist Meetinghouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2015
6. The Old Methodist Meetinghouse
“The meeting-house, a place of worship...was converted into an (sic) temporary place of refuge for friends and foes. The temple of God...vibrated with the groans of the wounded and dying.” — British Captain James Scott, Recollections, 1834
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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