“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

On Guard

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail


—War of 1812 —

On Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
1. On Guard Marker
Inscription. Three gun batteries hugging the upper shore of Ferry Branch guarded the west flank of Fort McHenry. They included the makeshift earthworks of Fort Babcock, the incomplete Fort Covington, and a temporary redoubt at Ferry Point.

During the bombardment of Fort McHenry on September 13-14, 1814, these Ferry Branch fortifications stopped a surprise British maneuver to attack Fort McHenry from the less well-defended rear.

This close call exposed Fort McHenry’s vulnerability to a flanking attack. The fortifications were strengthened and a defensive boom added across Ferry Branch in case the enemy returned.

“About one in the morning the British passed several of their vessels above the Fort and near to town, but providently they were met by the fire of …marine battery.”
Eyewitness account in Salem (MA) Gazette, September 27, 1814.

(Inscription on the left)
Two of the Ferry Branche fortifications show in this 1829 painting by Alfred Jacob Miller. Fort Babcock is right of center, Fort Covington is at far right.
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.

On Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
2. On Guard Marker
39° 15.3′ N, 76° 36.918′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Waterview Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is located in Broening Park. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn MD 21225, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Smith Explores Patapsco (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gwynns Falls Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Senator Harry McGuirk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reviving the Waterfront (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cherry Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Strategic Post (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Look-Out (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. War of 1812
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 660 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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