Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
On September 15-16, the defeated land troops returned to their waiting boats.
[text at top left] "The British fleet, say about 40 sail of all sizes, are in full view... They are actually landing men at and about North Point... 3 frigates are now at Sparrow's Point." - John Hewes to Edward Hewes, September 12, 1814
[text with center/background picture] British attack vessels bombarded Fort McHenry from the Patapsco above present-day Key Bridge. Observers here would have seen rockets lighting the night sky and explosions at the fort, September 13-14, 1814.
[text with picture at bottom right] Eyewitness Francis Scott Key watched the action from a truce ship with the British Fleet. He remained in custody until the soldiers had re-boarded their transport ships and weighed anchor. The experience inspired Key to write lyrics for what became the U.S. national anthem.
Erected by National Park Service,
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 10.002′ N, 76° 28.737′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Bay Front Drive half a mile north of Fort Smallwood (Route 173), on the right. Touch for map. Marker is inside Fort Smallwood Park. Bay Front Drive is wholly inside the park. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena MD 21122, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Smallwood Park Flagpole (approx. 0.3 miles away); The History of Ft Smallwood Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The History of Ft Smallwood Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Preservation in Progress (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bill Burton Fishing Pier (approx. half a mile away); Veterans of Foreign Wars (approx. 1.6 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 2.3 miles away); Observing the Enemy (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pasadena.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2014, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2014, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.