Happy 200th #DefendersDay, Baltimore!
Two hundred years ago the larger Battle of Baltimore began with an engagement between British and American forces at the Battle of North Point on September 12, 1814 during the War of 1812.
Following their successful capture and burning of Washington, British forces headed for the vital port city of Baltimore. American militia fought a successful delaying action at North Point, costing the British heavy casualties and enabling defenders at Baltimore and Fort McHenry time to prepare for the British assault the following day.
From the Scope & Content Note: This map shows British and American positions before Baltimore during the British attack of September 12-14. It includes the positions of Brigadier General John Stricker’s Maryland forces consisting of Captain William B. Dyer’s riflemen, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Sterett’s Fifth Baltimore Regiment, Lt. Colonel William McDonald’s Sixth Regiment, Lt. Col. Kennedy’ Long’s Twenty-seventh Regiment, Lt. Col. Benjamin Fowler’s Thirty-ninth Regiment, and Lt. Col. Henry Amey’s Fifty-first Regiment. It also shows Forts McHenry, Wood, and Covington; Battery Babcock; and other batteries on Hamstead Hill, at Spring Gardens, and near the Lazaretto. Obstructions to British navigation of the Patapsco River are also indicated. The map includes annotations and inset map of road from Elkridge to Baltimore at a scale of 1 inch to 1/2 mile.