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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

“Baltimore must be tamed…”

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail


— War of 1812 —

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By Don Morfe, December 13, 2014
1. “Baltimore must be tamed…” Marker
Inscription.  Baltimore’s importance as the commercial heart of the Chesapeake region wasn’t the only reason the British wanted to capture the city in 1814. They also wanted to stifle Fell’s Point---the home port for many of the privateers that preyed on British merchant ships. The United States augmented its small navy by licensing privately owned ships to attack enemy vessels. Baltimore privateers captured more than 500 British ships during the War of 1812. Explore Fell’s Point today to see dozens of building that once served as homes and businesses for shipbuilders, seamen, immigrants, enslaved and free blacks, merchants, and families in this bustling maritime neighborhood. Exhibits and tours reveal the role of Fell’s Point in the defense of Baltimore and the nation.

(Inscription below the photo on the right)
Captain Thomas Boyle commanded the famous Fell’s Point privateer Chasseur (above), hailed as the Pride of Baltimore.

Explore these places in the Fell’s Point area: *Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine-Exhibits and programs about the Star-Spangled Banner and defense of Baltimore *Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum-Exhibits

“Baltimore must be tamed…” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 13, 2014
2. “Baltimore must be tamed…” Marker
and programs about the flag that inspired the national anthem. *Fell’s Point Visitor Center 1724-26 Thames Street-Exhibits, self-guiding walking tour brochure (tour highlights 1812 historic sites and features) *Broadway Pier-Baltimore schooners once crowded the docks; access the 7-mile waterfront promenade and water taxis to nearby Inner Harbor sites, including the Baltimore Visitor Center.
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° 16.968′ N, 76° 35.598′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Broadway. The marker is located in Fells Point near the Broadway Market. 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. War in the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Fells Point (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); On Thursday, September 18, 2003 (about 300 feet away); The Chesapeake Campaign & The War of 1812 (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fells Point (about 400 feet away); In This Building From 1992 - 1999
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(about 500 feet away); 732 South Ann Street (about 500 feet away); National Bohemian Beer (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. War of 1812

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 846 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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