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Strategic Post

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Strategic Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
1. Strategic Post Marker
Inscription. Known as Lookout Hill, this high ground served as observation post, military camp, and gun battery. Although unfinished when the British arrived, the battery helped fend off a naval flanking attack September 14, 1814. Had the enemy maneuver succeeded, they could have penetrated the city’s western defenses.

The circular battery was later named Fort Wood for an officer killed on the Niagara River.

Artist’s Viewpoint
Best known for paintings of the American West, Alfred Jacob Miller left and important record of the Battle of Baltimore. As a teen, Miller painted this scene from the viewpoint of Fort Wood in 1828-1829 as his father, who was in the battle, described it.

(Inscription under the portrait on the right)
A self portrait of Alfred Jacob Miller

(Inscription under the main painting)
Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society

“The well directed fire of the little fort (Wood) checked the enemy on his approach, and probably saved the town from destruction in the dark hours of the night.”
Eyewitness account Salem Gazette, September 27, 1814.
 
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.

Strategic Post Marker with Cannons in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
2. Strategic Post Marker with Cannons in the background

 
Location. 39° 16.284′ N, 76° 36.486′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Randall Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in Leone Riverside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Look-Out (within shouting distance of this marker); Platt and Company Oyster Packers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Working Point (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sailors Union Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salvation Army (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. half a mile away); Federal Hill (approx. half a mile away); Major General Samuel Smith (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The back of the Strategic Post Marker is shown with the Park Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
3. The back of the Strategic Post Marker is shown with the Park Pavilion
Fort Look-Out marker at the entrance to the Park Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
4. Fort Look-Out marker at the entrance to the Park Pavilion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 587 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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