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Commanding Officerís Quarters

 
 
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By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
1. Commanding Officer's Quarters Marker
Inscription. The rooms on the left end of this building stood as a separate structure during the 1814 period. this was the residence of Major George Armistead, commanding officer and “Hero of Fort McHenry.”

It was Armistead who directed the successful defense of Fort McHenry in 1814. He also ordered the making of a large flag to defy the attacking British—the same flag that inspired Francis Scott Key. Armisteadís wife Louisa and their two year-old daughter probably did not stay here often. There was little privacy, and the attic bedrooms were too hot to use in summer. We know that at the time of the British bombardment, the family was evacuated to Gettysburg, where Louisa gave birth to a daughter one day after the American victory here.

Armisteadís tireless efforts at Fort McHenry left him exhausted and unable to regain his health; he died in 1818.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.807′ N, 76° 34.8′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Fort Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is inside the star fort. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Armistead's quarters were in left end of this building. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
2. Armistead's quarters were in left end of this building.
. Mortars vs. Guns ( a few steps from this marker); Powder Magazine ( a few steps from this marker); In Full Glory Reflected ( a few steps from this marker); British Bomb ( a few steps from this marker); Star-Spangled Banner ( within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Guardhouse ( within shouting distance of this marker); A Star Spangled Centennial ( within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McHenry ( within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproofs ( within shouting distance of this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable PersonsWar of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,025 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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