Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The excitement was palpable as crowds gathered here September 12, 1839, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Battle of North Point. Officials laid the cornerstone for a memorial to the citizens-soldiers who defended Baltimore against British attack in 1814.
Dr. Jacob Houck conveyed this site to Maryland “for…erecting a monument thereon.“ Known as Battle Acre, it was Baltimore County’s first public park. Advance Fire-from their position at a log house, the Baltimore Yagers riflemen fired on advancing British troops September 12, 1814. The house, which burned during the ensuing battle, was the approximate location of today’s Battle Acre Park.
“Twenty-five years have changed everything, except the undying… spirit which makes us feel that if our country is worth loving, it is worth defending.”
Captain Benjamin C. Howard, keynote speaker, September 12, 1839.
(Inscription next to the painting on the left)
The original Star-Spangled Banner was spread across the stage at the 1839 event.
(Inscription next to the painting on the right)
British troops (in red) engage the American defenders
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
Location. 39° 16.65′ N, 76° 29.1′ W. Marker is in Dundalk, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Memorial is on North Point Road. The marker is located Battle Acre Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dundalk MD 21222, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. At Patapsco Neck (here, next to this marker); The Conflict upon this Battle Field (here, next to this marker); Home of the Brave (a few steps from this marker); Battle of North Point (a few steps from this marker); Battle Acre (within shouting distance of this marker); Proud of Our Stand (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); To Honor the Heroes (about 500 feet away); Hitting Home (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dundalk.
Also see . . . Battle Acre: A Deed of Land by Dr. Jacob Houck. Maryland in the War of 1812 Blog. (Submitted on February 16, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 16, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.