Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1914 Congress appropriated funds for a monument at Fort McHenry to mark the centennial of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the defense of Baltimore. Orpheus with the Awkward Foot, the creation of sculptor Charles H. Niehaus, was selected from thirty four designs submitted in a national competition.
Orpheus is depicted playing a lyre, and stands twenty-four feet from head to toe. The marble base bears a medallion honoring Francis Scott Key, flanked by a procession of allegorical figures. The pedestal contains a time capsule filled with documents of patriotic and historical interest. In 1962 the statue was moved here from its original site near the fort's principal entrance.
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
Location. 39° 15.858′ N, 76° 34.933′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Fort Avenue. Touch for map. Marker and statue are in Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Orpheus... Hero of Music and Poetry (within shouting distance of this marker); Remember 1814 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); British Bomb Armistead (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Regarding Orpheus. Statue was dedicated in 1922 to Francis Scott Key and the soldiers and sailors who took part in the Battle of North Point and the defense of the fort during the War of 1812.
Also see . . . Charles Henry Niehaus (1855–1935). (Submitted on November 22, 2006.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Communications •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,061 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 22, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 2. submitted on August 24, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on October 27, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 22, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 7. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.