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Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Unexpected Resistance

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Unexpected Resistance Marker-Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
1. Unexpected Resistance Marker-Panel 1
Inscription. British troops landing at North Point on September 12, 1814, could almost taste victory. Three weeks earlier they defeated the Americans at Bladensburg and invaded Washington. Now 4,500 men marched up North Point Road toward Baltimore, while the Royal Navy launched an assault on Fort McHenry.

They met unexpected resistance. Seven miles from the city they clashed with Americans in the Battle of North Point. The British forced an American retreat but suffered more casualties, including their leader, Major General Robert Ross. Marching forward they saw the city’s formidable defenses at Hampstead Hill. When a 25-hour bombardment failed to take Fort McHenry, the navy aborted its attack, and the land troops withdrew to their ships.

“To our mortification we found the troops on the main road for a retreat…”
British Lieutenant George Robert Gleig.

(Inscription below the painting in the lower center)
Thomas Ruckle fought at the Battle of North Point with the 5th Maryland Regiment and later painted his recollection of the action.

Places to explore the Battle of Baltimore:
*North Point State Park-Exhibits and programs about War of 1812
Todd’s Inheritance Historic Site.
*North Point State Battlefield-Site of battle between British and the American militia; General Ross mortally wounded in skirmish

Close up of the Map on the Unexpected Resistance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
2. Close up of the Map on the Unexpected Resistance Marker
before main engagement.
*Todd’s Inheritance-Historic property, rural section of North Point Road suggesting period landscape.
*Battle Acre Park-Monument honoring North Point “Old Defenders”
*Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine-Exhibits and programs about the Star Spangled Banner and defense of Baltimore.
 
Erected by 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° 13.218′ N, 76° 25.866′ W. Marker is in Sparrows Point, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Old Bay Shore Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in North Point State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sparrows Point MD 21219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wetlands (approx. half a mile away); Shaw Family Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Todd’s Inheritance (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Todd’s Inheritance (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); A Heavy Price (approx. 0.6
Unexpected Resistance Marker-Distant Photo image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
3. Unexpected Resistance Marker-Distant Photo
miles away); The Presbytery of Baltimore (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dreaded Alarm (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Landing (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparrows Point.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Unexpected Resistance Marker-Panel 2-War In the Chesapeake image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
4. Unexpected Resistance Marker-Panel 2-War In the Chesapeake
Unexpected Resistance Marker-Panel 3-"O! say can you see..." image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
5. Unexpected Resistance Marker-Panel 3-"O! say can you see..."
Sign at the entrance to North Point State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
6. Sign at the entrance to North Point State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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