Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected Spet. 12, 1914 by the City of Baltimore, Soc. War of 1812 contributing. In commemoration of the gallant defense of Fort McHenry under the command of Col. George Armistead, which was the inspiration of the National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
Erected 1914 by the City of Baltimore and the Society of the War of 1812.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
Location. 39° 15.867′ N, 76° 34.8′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Fort Avenue. Touch for map. Statue is on the fort grounds adjacent to the Visitor Center. 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. Remember 1814 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Evolution of Fort McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); Preservation of Earthworks Allegiance by Force (within shouting distance of this marker); O'er the Ramparts We Watch! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Star Spangled Centennial (about 400 feet away); Fort McHenry (about 400 feet away); British Bomb (about 400 feet away); Commanding Officer’s Quarters (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Regarding Armistead. “During the War of 1812, Col. George Armistead (1779–1818) was in command of Fort McHenry when Maryland was invaded by the British on September 13 and 14, 1814. For twenty-five hours, Armistead and his men endured a heavy bombardment from the British. During the bombardment, Francis Scott Key was held on one of the enemy’s ships, where he had gone on an official mission. It was on the ship’s deck that he composed the verses of the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ ” —from the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System.
Categories. • Military • Notable Persons • War of 1812 •
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