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Orpheus... Hero of Music and Poetry

 
 
Orpheus... Hero of Music and Poetry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
1. Orpheus... Hero of Music and Poetry Marker
Inscription. In 1916 the Fine Arts Commission sponsored a national competition for a statue to honor Francis Scott Key and the defenders who protected Baltimore during the War of 1812. It chose "Orpheus" by Charles Niehaus.

America's involvement in World War I delayed the completion of the statue. Dedicated on Flag Day, June 14, 1922, and originally placed in the middle of the entrance road, it was moved to its current location in 1962.

Orpheus and the surrounding grove of Flowering crabapple trees show the transformation of Fort McHenry from an active military base to a place of reflection and commemoration.

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For many years the Orpheus statue has served as the centerpiece for the annual commemoration of the Battle of Baltimore.
 
Location. 39° 15.871′ N, 76° 34.899′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from E. Fort Avenue. Touch for map. 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. Orpheus (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Magazine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Armistead (about 500 feet away); Remember 1814

Orpheus... Hero of Music and Poetry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. Orpheus... Hero of Music and Poetry Marker
(about 500 feet away); Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine (about 500 feet away); British Bomb (about 500 feet away); Powder Magazine (about 600 feet away); Allegiance by Force (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Orpheus statue (Francis Scott Key Memorial) with marker in the foreground at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. Orpheus statue (Francis Scott Key Memorial) with marker in the foreground at Fort McHenry
Francis Scott Key Memorial (Statue of Orpheus) at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
4. Francis Scott Key Memorial (Statue of Orpheus) at Fort McHenry
Francis Scott Key on the Memorial at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
5. Francis Scott Key on the Memorial at Fort McHenry
Orpheus statue atop the Francis Scott Key Memorial at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
6. Orpheus statue atop the Francis Scott Key Memorial at Fort McHenry
Charles Niehaus and his statue of Orpheus, from Art and Archaeology, Vol. VI, No.1, July 1917 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne
7. Charles Niehaus and his statue of Orpheus, from Art and Archaeology, Vol. VI, No.1, July 1917
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 21, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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