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Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Direct Hit

 
 
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By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
1. Direct Hit Marker
Inscription.  About 2:00 p.m. on September 13, 1814, gunners of the Maryland Militia under Captain J.H. Nicholson were waiting out the British bombardment behind this parapet. It was futile to return fire because their 21 pounder gun did not have the range to hit the enemy warships.

Suddenly a British shell landed in their midst and exploded, knocking the heavy carriage off its carriage. When the smoke cleared, several men had been wounded. Two lay dead. Lieutenant Levi Claggett and Sergeant John Clemm, both Baltimore merchants.

Considering the heavy fire Fort McHenry withstood, more than 1,500 bombs and 700 rockets, it is remarkable that casualties were not heavier. Two other Americans died in the battle. Charles Messinger and Thomas Beeston. Twenty-four soldiers were wounded.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar of 1812.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near
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By Paul Jordan, August 4, 2010
2. Direct Hit Marker
39° 15.779′ N, 76° 34.825′ W. Marker was in Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker could be reached from Constellation Plaza 0.3 miles east of Wallace Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on grounds of Fort McHenry National Monument, on Claggett's bastion. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Direct Hits (here, next to this marker); Cistern and Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); British Bomb (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Mortars vs. Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); In Full Glory Reflected (within shouting distance of this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort McHenry.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. National Park Service (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 

2. Battle of Baltimore. HistoryCentral.com
Direct Hit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 4, 2010
3. Direct Hit Marker
(Submitted on August 19, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 
 
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By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
4. Direct Hit Marker
Area Where Shell Hit image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
5. Area Where Shell Hit
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 933 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on August 19, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..   4, 5. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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