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Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire

 
 
Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
1. Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire Marker
Inscription. You are standing in the most vulnerable point of Fort McHenry, and potentially the most deadly. The main entrance was the weakest part of the fort's walls. Fearing a British land attack, the defenders built the Ravelin (the structure to your right) for protection in 1813. Wedge-shaped, the Ravelin would split an enemy assault against the main gate. The fort's star-shape allowed cannons to be mounted on each bastion or "point" to catch an enemy in a murderous crossfire.

A ditch or "dry moat" surrounded the fort and offered protection for both the fort's walls and the 600 U.S. infantry troops.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 15.805′ N, 76° 34.749′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from E. Fort Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is at Fort McHenry (2400 E Fort Ave.) at the south corner of the ravelin. 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. The Ravelin (within shouting distance of this marker); O Say Can You See? (within shouting distance of this marker); Outer Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproofs
Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Guns of the Fort... (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); A Star Spangled Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Experimental Carriages (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
Positioning a Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. Positioning a Cannon
An officer and two soldiers carefully position a cannon to sweep the face of the fort's wall. In 1814 entering the fort meant going into the Ravelin and crossing the wooden bridge.
Close-up of image on marker
Sandstone Quoins image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
4. Sandstone Quoins
These soft Aquia sandstone quoins on the corner of the ravelin are weathering away.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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