Locust Point Industrial Area in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2
Of the 60 soldiers in Captain Frederick Evans' company, U.S. Corps of Artillery, 16 soldiers occupied this room, sleeping four to a bunk. To enhance an esprit de corps, the color yellow, signifying the artillery service, was used on the wood trim and on the soldiers' uniforms. The soldiers, whose names were inscribed on the bunks, served for five years or the duration of the war, and received $8 per month.
Of these "reputable young men" who garrisoned Ft. McHenry, only a third were born in America. In addition to the land bounties that had encouraged them to enlist, others served with a sense of patriotism defending their new home.
General Floor Plan (1814 period) of the Enlisted Men's Barracks No 2.
Completed in 1805, this barracks, like No.1, contained rooms like this one, each with a fireplace and a small garret above. In 1829 all the buildings were raised to their present appearance. Each room contained 16 soldiers. For meals, "bread and soup are the items of a soldier's diet."
U.S. Corps of Artillery, 1814
By the summer of 1814, Fort McHenry's soldiers wore
(Courtesy, The Company of Military Historians)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
Location. 39° 15.795′ N, 76° 34.779′ W. Marker is in Locust Point Industrial Area in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Fort Avenue. Marker is on grounds of Fort McHenry National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ravelin Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Guardhouse (a few steps from this marker); In Full Glory Reflected (a few steps from this marker); Bombproofs (a few steps from this marker); Mortars vs. Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); A Star Spangled Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cistern and Well (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Point Industrial Area.
Also see . . . History Resorces. From the Fort Henry National Monument web site. (Submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,367 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.