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Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Former Glory

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Former Glory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 13, 2014
1. Former Glory Marker
Inscription. The mouth of Harris Creek was once part of Baltimore’s thriving maritime industry. David Stodder began building ships here in the 1780s. The first U.S. Navy frigate, Constellation, launched from Stodders Shipyard in 1797 and played an active role in the War of 1812. Although a British blockade kept if from sea, its cannon and crew protected Norfolk and Portsmouth harbors.

“Old Defender” George Roberts, a free black from Canton, was a gunner on the privateer Chasseur in 1814 and participated in several battles while at sea. Roberts proudly participated in Baltimore’ annual War of 1812 Defenders Day parades until his death at 95.

“Resolved, That owners of the vessels now moored and mad fast, at or near the wharves of the city, are hereby directed to remove their vessels immediately to some place below Harris’s Creek for the greater security…”
Minutes, Committee of Vigilance and Safety, August 26, 1814.

(Inscription under the engraving in the center)
This 1800 engraving showing shipbuilding in Philadelphia resembles work that took place on the Constitution at the Stodder Shipyard, once located here, and highlighted on the map.

(Inscription under the map at the lower center)
Plan of the town of Baltimore, 1793-Image courtesy Library of Congress.
 
Erected by

Former Glory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 13, 2014
2. Former Glory Marker
National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 16.804′ N, 76° 34.788′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Boston Street and South Lakewood Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Boston Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in Boston Street Pier Park. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21224, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Regional Trail (here, next to this marker); Captain John O'Donnell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Canton (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Canton Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Casimir Pulaski (approx. half a mile away); Frederick Douglass (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Robert Long House (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .  George Roberts. National Park Service (Submitted on November 10, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
George Roberts<br>Bold Privateer and Honored Defender image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
3. George Roberts
Bold Privateer and Honored Defender
This c.1850 photo of George Roberts is on display in the Museum of the Historical Society of Maryland in Baltimore.

“While African American sailors comprised a significant portion of the crew on Baltimore's private armed vessels, none proved more legendary than George Roberts.

Surviving British capture and imprisonment in Jamaica, Roberts later served as a gunner on Captain Thomas Boyle's (1775-1825) Chasseur. During the War of 1812, Baltimoreans were flooded with news of the Chasseur outgunning and outsailing British ships in the West Indies and celebrated the safe return of the ship and crew, including Roberts, in March of 1815. For decades, Roberts lived in Baltimore as a honored defender. In death, Roberts carried with him the same honor, memorialized as ‘a man whose patriotism, good sense and high moral character have won him many friends for whom the news of his death will cause heartfelt sorrow.’” — Maryland Historical Society.
George Roberts, 1812 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
4. George Roberts, 1812
This age-regression sketch by Michael W. Steed, the SketchCop, shows George Roberts as he might have looked at age 35 in 1812. It is on display at the Museum of the Historical Society of Maryland in Baltimore.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 632 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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