The Guns that Won the Battle
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.
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
Maximum effective range 1.5 miles
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
1. Marker Painting
The birds-eye view of Fort McHenry is "Fort McHenry, Maryland" by L. Kenneth Townsend
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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 505 times since then and 19 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.