Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Captain Henry Thompson, Clifton Mansion’s original owner, formed the First Baltimore Horse Artillery unit in 1813. General John Stricker chose Thompson’s troop to report on enemy movements at the August 1814 Battle of Bladensburg.
Selected as General Samuel Smith’s personal guard, the troop was stationed at the defenses on Hampstead Hill during the Battle of Baltimore and served as observers/couriers at North Point and Fort McHenry. Duty and Service-Thompson’s journal shows he persistently drilled his militia cavalry troop. The 62-man unit was made up of leading merchants and tradesmen committed to protecting their homeland.
Captain Henry Thompson, ca 1811 by John Wesley Jarvis-Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society.
“To Captain Thompson of the Flying Artillery and his company, the Commanding General tenders his thanks for their unremitting personal attention as his guard (and) their readiness in carrying orders…”
–Major General Samuel Smith, September 19, 1814
In this 1814 painting
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1876.
Location. 39° 19.284′ N, 76° 35.214′ W. Marker is in Clifton Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on St Lo Drive. The marker is located on the grounds of the Clifton Park Golf Course near the Club House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2701 St Lo Dr, Baltimore MD 21213, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Samuel and Anne Hopkins Grand Staircase and Tower Restoration, Clifton Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Patapsco Friends Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); Saint - Lo Drive Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Montebello (approx. ¾ mile away); The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum (approx. 0.8 miles Eastern High School Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cal Ripken, Sr. (approx. one mile away); Memorial Field at the Y (approx. one mile away).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,109 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on December 18, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.