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1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2

 
 
1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
1. 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 Marker
Inscription. Of the 60 soldiers in Captain Frederick Evans' company, U.S. Corps of Artillery, 16 soldiers occupied this room, sleeping four to a bunk. To enhance an esprit de corps, the color yellow, signifying the artillery service, was used on the wood trim and on the soldiers' uniforms. The soldiers, whose names were inscribed on the bunks, served for five years or the duration of the war, and received $8 per month.

Recruiting Notice
Of these "reputable young men" who garrisoned Ft. McHenry, only a third were born in America. In addition to the land bounties that had encouraged them to enlist, others served with a sense of patriotism defending their new home.

General Floor Plan (1814 period) of the Enlisted Men's Barracks No 2.
Completed in 1805, this barracks, like No.1, contained rooms like this one, each with a fireplace and a small garret above. In 1829 all the buildings were raised to their present appearance. Each room contained 16 soldiers. For meals, "bread and soup are the items of a soldier's diet."

U.S. Corps of Artillery, 1814
By the summer of 1814, Fort McHenry's soldiers wore this uniform, reproductions of which may be seen in this room.
(Courtesy, The Company of Military Historians)
 
Location. 39° 15.795′ N,
1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
2. 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 Marker
76° 34.779′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Touch for map. Marker is on grounds of Fort McHenry National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Guardhouse (a few steps from this marker); In Full Glory Reflected (a few steps from this marker); Star-Spangled Banner (a few steps from this marker); Bombproofs (a few steps from this marker); Mortars vs. Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); A Star Spangled Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cistern and Well (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .  History Resorces. From the Fort Henry National Monument web site. (Submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Beds in the Enlisted Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
3. Beds in the Enlisted Quarters
Uniforms and Equipment in the Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
4. Uniforms and Equipment in the Barracks
Barracks No. 2 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
5. Barracks No. 2
Back of the Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
6. Back of the Barracks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,216 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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