Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle Monument
Bombardment of Fort McHenry, 15th September, A.D. 1814, and of the Independence of the United States, the thirty-ninth.
James Lowry Donaldson, Adjutant of 27th Regt. • Gregorius Andre, Lieutenant 1st Rifle Battalion. • Levi Clagett, 1st Lieut. Nicholson’s Artillerists • John Clemm. • S. Haubert. • T. Wallace • E. Marriot. • J. Armstrong. • Benjn. Bond. • Cecelius Belt. • H. G. McComas. • John C. Byrd. • Daniel Wells, Jr. • Benjm. Neal. • D. Howard. • A. Randall. • J. Gregg. • A.Maas. • T. V. Beaston. • John Jephson. • J. H. Marriot, of John. • Wm. Ways. • J. Richardson. • Clement Cox. • John Garrett. • Wm. McClellan. • M. Desk. • John R. Cox. • B. Reynolds. • Uriah Prosser. • R. R. Cooksey. • J. Evans. • G. Jenkins. • W. Alexander. • T. Burneston. • P. Bayard. • C. Fallier. • J. Dunn. • J. Craig.
(Adjacent interpretive panel affixed to wrought iron fence) Built 1815-1825 to commemorate those who fell in the British attack on Baltimore in September 1814, the Battle Monument stands on the site of Baltimore’s first courthouse. When Calvert Street was leveled in 1784, the courthouse was raised on an arched brick
The Monument was designed by Maximilian Godefroy. The symbolism of its Roman fasces, Egyptian tomb, and griffins reflects the architect’s background in revolutionary France, where great attention was paid to elaborate memorials and civic celebrations. At the Monument base are two bas-reliefs of the North Point Battle and the bombardment of Fort McHenry. The vertical rods of the shaft represent the Union, held together by bands inscribed with the names of those who fell in battle. At the top of the Monument, flanked by an eagle and a bomb, is Godefroy’s statue of Baltimore holding laurel wreath of victory. This was first monument in the country erected to honor the common soldier. Since 1827 the Battle Monument has been the official symbol of the City of Baltimore.
Erected 1815 by Citizens of Baltimore.
Location. 39° 17.434′ N, 76° 36.739′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Calvert Street and Fayette Street, in the median on Calvert Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Battle Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Equitable Building (a few steps from this marker); Discover Baltimore: The Monumental City (a few steps from this marker); Old Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore City Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Munsey Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lenore (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Baltimore’s Changing Skyline (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. Monument stands 52 feet high. Statue representing Baltimore is approx. 8½ feet high. The monument was designed by architect J. Maximilian M. Godefroy (c.1770–c.1837). Antonio Capellano was the sculptor of the female figure, the four griffins, and the reliefs.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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