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Final Rest

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Final Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 20, 2014
1. Final Rest Marker
Inscription. Once Baltimore’s most prestigious cemetery, Westminster Burying Ground was the final resting place for many prominent Baltimoreans, including some 25 from the War of 1812. Notable burials include: General Samuel Smith, commander of American forces in Baltimore; General John Stricker, American commander at North Point; and John Stuart Skinner, U.S. prisoner exchange agent.

David Poe, Sr., who served at the Battle of North Point, is also buried here. He was the grandfather of writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Artist’s Touch
J. Maximilian M. Godefroy, designer of Baltimore’s Battle Monument, left his mark here, too. Godefroy designed the gateposts on the west side of the cemetery and also the tomb of General Samuel Smith.

“My friends I have but one life to lose and that I have at all times been willing to hazard in defense of my beloved country.”
Maj. Gen. Samuel Smith to the Committee of Vigilance and Safety, August 25, 1814.

(Inscriptions below the photos on the left)
John Stuart Skinner, buried here in 1851; John Stricker, buried here in 1825; Samuel Smith, buried here in 1839 with President Martin van Buren in attendance; images/courtesy Maryland Historical Society
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series.

Final Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 20, 2014
2. Final Rest Marker
This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.4′ N, 76° 37.416′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on West Fayette Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gilmors (here, next to this marker); An 18th-Century Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); “…a truly affectionate wife” (a few steps from this marker); Infusing Style and Sophistication: (a few steps from this marker); The Carriage Gates of Westminster Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); A Monument to the Memory of Edgar Allan Poe (a few steps from this marker); A La Memorie D’Edgar Allan Poe (a few steps from this marker); Westminster Hall & Burying Ground: (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar of 1812
 
Tomb of General John Stricker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 20, 2014
3. Tomb of General John Stricker
Tomb of General Samuel Smith image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 20, 2014
4. Tomb of General Samuel Smith
John Stricker, buried here in 1825 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
5. John Stricker, buried here in 1825
This 1817 portrait of John Stricker by Rembrandt Peale hangs in the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
John Stuart Skinner, buried here in 1851 image. Click for full size.
By F. D'Avignon, 1851
6. John Stuart Skinner, buried here in 1851
This lithograph of John Stuart Skinner by F. D'Avignon appeared in The Book of the Farm, 1851, by Henry Stephens, with explanatory notes by John Stuart Skinner.
Samuel Smith, buried here in 1839<br>with President Martin van Buren in attendance image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
7. Samuel Smith, buried here in 1839
with President Martin van Buren in attendance
This 1817 portrait of Samuel Smith by Rembrandt Peale hangs in the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
Artist’s Touch image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
8. Artist’s Touch
J. Maximilian M. Godefroy, designer of Baltimore’s Battle Monument, left his mark here, too. Godefroy designed the gateposts on the west side of the cemetery and also the tomb of General Samuel Smith.
Close-up of image on marker
Stricker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
9. Stricker
John Stricker's tomb.
Samuel Smith image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
10. Samuel Smith
Lt. Col. U.S. Army
American Revolution
Maj. Gen. U.S. Army
War of 1812
David Poe, Sr. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
11. David Poe, Sr.

Burial Place of
David Poe Sr.
Patriot
and Grandfather of
Edgar Allan Poe
Born in Londonderry Ireland
in 1743
Died in Baltimore
Oct. 17, 1816
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 23, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 6, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   11. submitted on September 20, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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