Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —
They met unexpected resistance. Seven miles from the city they clashed with Americans in the Battle of North Point. The British forced an American retreat but suffered more casualties, including their leader, Major General Robert Ross. Marching forward they saw the city’s formidable defenses at Hampstead Hill. When a 25-hour bombardment failed to take Fort McHenry, the navy aborted its attack, and the land troops withdrew to their ships.
“To our mortification we found the troops on the main road for a retreat…”
British Lieutenant George Robert Gleig.
(Inscription below the painting in the lower center)
Thomas Ruckle fought at the Battle of North Point with the 5th Maryland Regiment and later painted his recollection of the action.
Places to explore the Battle of Baltimore:
*North Point State Park-Exhibits and
Todd’s Inheritance Historic Site.
*North Point State Battlefield-Site of battle between British and the American militia; General Ross mortally wounded in skirmish before main engagement.
*Todd’s Inheritance-Historic property, rural section of North Point Road suggesting period landscape.
*Battle Acre Park-Monument honoring North Point “Old Defenders”
*Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine-Exhibits and programs about the Star Spangled Banner and defense of Baltimore.
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° 13.218′ N, 76° 25.866′ W. Marker is in Sparrows Point, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Old Bay Shore Road. The marker is located in North Point State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparrows Point MD 21219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wetlands (approx. half a mile away); Shaw Family Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Todd’s Inheritance (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Todd’s Inheritance (was approx. 0.6 miles away but A Heavy Price (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Presbytery of Baltimore (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dreaded Alarm (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Landing (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparrows Point.
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