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Riverside Park in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Strategic Post

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

— War of 1812 —

 
Strategic Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
1. Strategic Post Marker
Inscription.  Known as Lookout Hill, this high ground served as observation post, military camp, and gun battery. Although unfinished when the British arrived, the battery helped fend off a naval flanking attack September 14, 1814. Had the enemy maneuver succeeded, they could have penetrated the city’s western defenses.

The circular battery was later named Fort Wood for an officer killed on the Niagara River.

Artist’s Viewpoint
Best known for paintings of the American West, Alfred Jacob Miller left and important record of the Battle of Baltimore. As a teen, Miller painted this scene from the viewpoint of Fort Wood in 1828-1829 as his father, who was in the battle, described it.

(Inscription under the portrait on the right)
A self portrait of Alfred Jacob Miller

(Inscription under the main painting)
Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society

“The well directed fire of the little fort (Wood) checked the enemy on his approach, and probably saved the town from destruction in the dark hours of the night.”
Eyewitness account Salem Gazette, September 27, 1814.
 
Erected by

Strategic Post Marker with Cannons in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
2. Strategic Post Marker with Cannons in the background
National Park Service-United States 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.
 
Location. 39° 16.284′ N, 76° 36.486′ W. Marker is in Riverside Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Randall Street. The marker is located in Leone Riverside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Fort Look-Out (within shouting distance of this marker); Raymond R. Allen Court (approx. 0.3 miles away); Holy Cross World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Platt and Company Oyster Packers (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Platt and Company Oyster Packers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Working Point by David Hess (approx. 0.4 miles away); Steam Tug Baltimore (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sailors Union Church (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
The back of the Strategic Post Marker is shown with the Park Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
3. The back of the Strategic Post Marker is shown with the Park Pavilion
Fort Look-Out marker at the entrance to the Park Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
4. Fort Look-Out marker at the entrance to the Park Pavilion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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