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The Guns that Won the Battle

 
 
The Guns that Won the Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
1. The Guns that Won the Battle Marker
Inscription. The gun deck in front of you is a partial representation of the forts 1814 Water Battery. Made up of 26 cannons in two tiers, the Water Battery comprised the fort's primary means of defense.

The Cannons that stood here fired shot weighing 18 and 36 pounds almost a mile and a half. Heated cannonballs known as "hot shot" proved especially devastating to wooden ships.

During most of the battle the British kept their distance to avoid the return fire of the fort.As a result, most of their bombs and rockets missed the target. By dawn's early light on September 14, the British withdrew, unwilling to come within range of the fort's guns.

(side bar)
French 36 Pounder Naval Gun
Weight 10,000 pounds
Velocity 1,600 feet per second
Charge 12 pounds of black powder
Penetration of oak at 400 yards 42 inches
Crew 21
Maximum effective range 1.5 miles
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An artist's rendering of the upper and lower Water Batteries. The hot shot furnaces can be seen behind them.
 
Location. 39° 15.814′ N, 76° 34.716′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from E. Fort Avenue. Touch for map. At Fort McHenry. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At

Water Battery at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. Water Battery at Fort McHenry
least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" (here, next to this marker); Sailors Fighting Sailors (here, next to this marker); The Guns That Won the Battle (here, next to this marker); Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire (within shouting distance of this marker); Outer Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ravelin (within shouting distance of this marker); O Say Can You See? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Guns of the Fort... (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker Painting
The birds-eye view of Fort McHenry is "Fort McHenry, Maryland" by L. Kenneth Townsend
    — Submitted October 20, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The Guns that Won the Battle Marker and Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" markers at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. The Guns that Won the Battle Marker and Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" markers at Fort McHenry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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