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Army “Sailors,” Navy “Soldiers”

“Not a man shrunk from conflict” Major George Armistead, Commander Fort McHenry September 1814

 
 
Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
1. Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" Marker
Inscription. The defenders who manned the heavy cannons in front of you represented a unique combination of soldiers and sailors. One unit, the U.S. Sea Fencibles, included civilian sailors. Wearing the clothing of their trade, they were issued muskets, drilled as soldiers and considered part of the U.S. Army.

The United States Chesapeake Flotilla served as part of the U.S. Navy. Most of these men were sailors and included free African-Americans. During the summer of 1814 they fought several engagements in the Chesapeake Bay and ultimately on land where they staged a rear-guard action in an unsuccessful defense of the nation's capital.

Those who served here contributed to the victory. Near this location British bombs killed Charles Messenger of the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla and wounded Charles Bhare and Robert Green of the U.S. Sea Fencibles.
 
Erected by U.S. National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 15.812′ N, 76° 34.716′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on 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 least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sailors Fighting Sailors (here, next to this marker); The Guns That Won the Battle
"Water Battery" by Richard Schlect, 2005 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. "Water Battery" by Richard Schlect, 2005
(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); The Great Guns of the Fort... (within shouting distance of this marker); O Say Can You See? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" Marker
Reconstructed Water Battery at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
4. Reconstructed Water Battery 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 544 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on November 16, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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