Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Milford in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818)

The War of 1812

 
 
Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 5, 2015
1. Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818) Marker
Inscription. Marker front
Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818)
Known for his service in the War of 1812, George Armistead was born here at Newmarket plantation. Armistead distinguished himself in 1813 during the capture of Fort George, Canada, but is best known as the commanding officer of Fort McHenry during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore, for which he earned the rank of lieutenant colonel. The American victory proved a turning point in the war, and was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s poem “The Star Spangled Banner.” Armistead commanded at Fort McHenry until his death in Baltimore in 1818. He is buried there in Old St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Marker reverse
The War of 1812
Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America’s War of 1812 with the British, which lasted until 1815. Beginning in 1813, Virginians suffered from a British naval blockade of the Chesapeake Bay and from British troops plundering the countryside by the Bay and along the James, Rappahannock, and Potomac Rivers. The Virginia militia deflected a British attempt to take Norfolk in 1813 and engaged British forces throughout the war. By the end of the war, more than 2,000 enslaved African Americans in Virginia had gained their freedom
The War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 5, 2015
2. The War of 1812 Marker
aboard British ships.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number ND-15.)
 
Location. 38° 0.053′ N, 77° 20.112′ W. Marker is in Milford, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of Richmond Turnpike (U.S. 301) and New Market Lane, on the right when traveling south on Richmond Turnpike. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milford VA 22514, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edmund Pendleton's Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Milford Station (approx. 2.6 miles away); Caroline County World War I Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 3.5 miles away); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 3.5 miles away); Caroline County Courthouse (approx. 3.5 miles away); Caroline Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away); Caroline County, Virginia (approx. 3.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 5, 2015
3. Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818) Marker
George Armistead (1780-1818) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
4. George Armistead (1780-1818)
This 1818 painting of George Armistead by Rembrandt Peale hangs in the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

“George Armistead is most often remembered for commissioning Mary Pickersgill to make ‘a flag so large… the British would have no difficulty seeing from a distance’ and flying that forty-two-by-thirty-foot flag over Fort McHenry during the twenty-five hour bombardment in September 1814. Francis Scott Key immortalized the flag in his verses about the ‘star-spangled banner.’ As commander of the fort on that fateful day, Armistead and his men held the British Navy at bay and earned a celebrated position among the city's defenders.” — Maryland Historical Society
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on September 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Paid Advertisement