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Fort Howard in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Landing

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
The Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
1. The Landing Marker
Inscription. Transport ships carrying a British invasion force arrived in Old Road Bay, September 11, 1814. Before dawn the next day, troops were ferried to this landing site to begin the 15-mile march to Baltimore. Reinforced by navy warships, they expected easy victory.

Losses at the Battle of North Point, including Major General Robert Ross; the navy’s failure to take Fort McHenry; and superior America defenses outside Baltimore caused the British army to withdraw to their waiting ships at North Point on September 15.

“(A) s the boats were ordered to be in readiness at dawn, every man slept in his clothes, that he might be prepared to start at a moment’s warning.”
British Lieutenant George Robert Gleig, 1827 recollection of the landing.

Why Here?
Old Road Bay was a protected deep-water anchorage off North Point, large enough to accommodate transport ships, close to a good landing place for troop deployment, and within support distance of other Royal Navy vessels.

(Inscription beside the engraving on the right)
British commander General Ross, depicted here in an 1816 engraving by G.M. Brightly, was mortally wounded during a skirmish prior to the Battle of North Point.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series.

Close up of the map on The Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
2. Close up of the map on The Landing Marker
A representation of the Battle of Baltimore by R.E. Lee Russell, 1948-Image/NPS R.E. Russell
This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 12.6′ N, 76° 26.532′ W. Marker is in Fort Howard, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on North Point Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in Fort Howard Veterans Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9400 North Point Road, Fort Howard MD 21052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Presbytery of Baltimore (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Heavy Price (approx. 0.3 miles away); Todd’s Inheritance (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Todd’s Inheritance (was approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); North Point Beachhead (approx. half a mile away); Battery Clagett (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Howard (approx. 0.8 miles away); Power House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Howard.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
3. The Landing Marker
Fort Howard Veterans Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
4. Fort Howard Veterans Park
The back of The Landing marker is shown in this photo.
World War II Memorial in Fort Howard Veterans Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
5. World War II Memorial in Fort Howard Veterans Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 20, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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