Show of Strength
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —
British land forces approaching on September 13, 1814, stopped at the sight of the well-armed defenses. Deciding that storming the American stronghold would be too costly, the British army retreated.
Baltimore’s Heroes-Credit for the defenses goes to Major General Samuel Smith and Commodore John Rogers. Smith coordinated the overall effort. Rodgers commanded Hampstead Hill, including a bastion where the pagoda now stands
(Inscriptions near the images on the left)
Major General Samuel Smith by Rembrandt Peale, ca. 1817-18-image courtesy Maryland Historical Society and Commodore John Rogers by John Wesley Jarvis, ca. 1814-image courtesy National Gallery of Art.
“(Baltimore) was…defended by extremely Strong Works on every Side, and immediately in front of us by an extensive Hill on which was an entrenched Camp and great quantities of artillery, and …at
–British Rear Admiral George Cockburn to Vice Admiral Alexander F.I. Cochrane, September 15, 1814.
(Inscription at the bottom)
The Gathering of the Troops on Hampstead Hill by Thomas Ruckle-image courtesy Maryland Historical Society.
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° 17.4′ N, 76° 35.016′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on South Patterson Park Avenue. The marker is located on the grounds of Patterson Park near the Pagoda. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Star-Spangled Banner Centennial Monument (here, next to this marker); This Cannon Marks Rodgers Bastion (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Patterson Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Prelude to War (within shouting distance of this marker); Notre Dame Convent (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spanish American War Monument
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 768 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 24, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.