Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Once Baltimore’s most prestigious cemetery, Westminster Burying Ground was the final resting place for many prominent Baltimoreans, including some 25 from the War of 1812. Notable burials include: General Samuel Smith, commander of American forces in Baltimore; General John Stricker, American commander at North Point; and John Stuart Skinner, U.S. prisoner exchange agent.
David Poe, Sr., who served at the Battle of North Point, is also buried here. He was the grandfather of writer Edgar Allan Poe.
J. Maximilian M. Godefroy, designer of Baltimore’s Battle Monument, left his mark here, too. Godefroy designed the gateposts on the west side of the cemetery and also the tomb of General Samuel Smith.
“My friends I have but one life to lose and that I have at all times been willing to hazard in defense of my beloved country.”
Maj. Gen. Samuel Smith to the Committee of Vigilance and Safety, August 25, 1814.
(Inscriptions below the photos on the left)
John Stuart Skinner, buried here in 1851; John Stricker, buried here in 1825; Samuel Smith, buried here in 1839 with President Martin
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
Location. 39° 17.4′ N, 76° 37.416′ W. Marker is in University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on West Fayette Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 W Fayette St, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gilmors (here, next to this marker); An 18th-Century Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); “…a truly affectionate wife” (a few steps from this marker); Infusing Style and Sophistication: The Influence of Maximilian Godefroy (a few steps from this marker); The Carriage Gates of Westminster Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); A Monument to the Memory of Edgar Allan Poe (a few steps from this marker); A La Memorie D’Edgar Allan Poe (a few steps from this marker); Westminster Hall & Burying Ground: Where Baltimore's History Rests in Peace (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University of Maryland.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 852 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 23, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 6, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 11. submitted on September 20, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.