Fort McHenry is a historical American coastal pentagonal bastion fort on Locust Point, now a neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. It is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy from the Chesapeake Bay on September 13–14, 1814.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_McHenry
Sep 04, 2020 · Whose broad stripes and bright stars... were so gallantly streaming...over Fort McHenry! The valiant defense of the fort during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that became the U.S. national anthem. The fort's history holds many other stories too, from the Civil War to WWII.
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Fort McHenry is a historical American coastal pentagonal bastion fort on Locust Point, now a neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. It is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy from the Chesapeake Bay on September 13–14, 1814.
Encouraged by the victory at the Battle of Bladensburg on August 24, 1814, and subsequent capture of Washington, the British turned north intent on capturing the major port city of Baltimore, Maryland. Militarily, Baltimore was a far more important city than Washington D.C. because of its thriving port. The British hoped the loss both Washington and Baltimore would cripple the American war effort and force peace. Initially, the British strategy during the War of 1812 had been defensive. The British were more concerned with defeating Napoleon in Europe than fighting a minor war with the United States. Because of this, they had been content to defend their territory from American invasions without launching any of their own. This changed on April 6, 1814, with the defeat and abdication of Napoleon, which freed up a large amount of veteran troops for a more aggressive strategy. The British sent veterans from the Duke of Wellingtons Peninsula Campaign under the command of another Napoleonic veteran, Major General Robert Ross, to attack the east coast of the United States by sea. The fleet of nineteen warships, also freed by the defeat of Napoleon, were under the command of Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane. Baltimore, unlike Washington, contained formidable defenses, particularly guarding the harbor. Central to this defense was the large star fort built in 1800, Fort McHenry, which guarded the inner harbor at a bend in the Patapsco River. The British plan was to land troops on the eastern side of the city while the navy reduced the fort, allowing for naval support of the ground troops when they attacked the citys defenders. The British landed a combined force of soldiers, sailors, and Royal Marines at North Point, a peninsula at the fork of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay, on September 12, 1814. Their landing was unopposed and they advanced towards Baltimore. The Maryland militia commander, Major General Samuel Smith, ordered Brigadier General John Stricker to delay the advance by provoking an engagement. On September 13, the Americans had assembled 10,000 men and 100 cannon astride the Philadelphia Road, blocking the British advance toward Baltimore. This was far stronger defenses than the British expected, and outnumbered the British force of 5,000 2 to 1. Because of this, naval support would be needed to dislodge the American forces. Fort McHenry would have to be eliminated.
Around midday, while the British halted for a meal, Stricker ordered 250 riflemen and cannon to draw the British towards his forces. Ross, hearing the skirmishing, rode forward to assess the situation. While ordering his men to drive off the American riflemen, Ross was shot in the chest and fell mortally wounded, dying a few hours later. His loss would have profound consequences for the British attack; command of the land forces passed to Colonel Arthur Brooke. Brooke collected the main body of the British troops and pressed forward. Around 3:00 pm, he attacked the American positions in a frontal attack. The American defenders held initially, inflicting heavy casualties and resorting to firing scrap metal from their cannon because of a lack of canister. Despite a stalwart initial defense, the Americans began to give way to the British regulars. The Americans withdrew to Baltimore in good order, and Brooke halted for the rest of the day to consolidate his forces. This delay would give the American defenders in Baltimore much needed time to bolster their defenses. Defending Fort McHenry was a young Major, George Armistead, uncle of the famous Civil War General, and 1,000 men. Early in the morning on September 13, the British warships began their bombardment. Because of the shallow water, Admiral Cochrane was unable to use his heavy warships, and instead attacked with the bomb vessels HMS Terror, Volcano, Meteor, Devastation, and Aetna. These ships fired exploding mortar shells, bombs, at high angles into the fort. Joining them was the rocket ship HMS Erebus, which launched the newly invented Congreve Rockets. The ammunition used by these ships would inspire the famous lines and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air. Initially the British fleet exchanged fire with the forts cannon, but soon withdrew out of range. For the next twenty-seven hours, the British warships hammered the fort. Over 1,500 cannonballs, shells, and rockets were fired at the fort, but only inflicted light damage thanks to fortification efforts before the battle. During the night, Cochrane ordered a landing party to slip past the fort and try to draw troops from the force opposing Brooke. These troops were able to draw fire from the fort, but did not draw troops away from Baltimore.
Baltimore lawyer Francis Scott Key, held aboard the British warships during the bombardment, feared that the fort had succumbed to the bombardment. Yet, when Key saw the large flag flying over the fort there could be no mistake, the fort held. Keys experiences inspired him to write a poem, Defense of Fort McHenry, which would later be set to the tune To Anacreon in Heaven, and become the Star Spangled Banner. In 1931, the song officially became the national anthem.
Following the failed bombardment of Fort McHenry, Brooke was forced to abandon the land assault on Baltimore. The British embarked their troops and set sail for New Orleans, their defeat at Baltimore would be a major factor in both sides reaching a peace agreement later that year.
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Aug 27, 2020 · Fort McHenry is designated a National Monument and Historical Shrine by the National Park Service. According to the NPS, the masonry walls of Fort McHenry were built starting in 1794 and ending in...
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- It’s the birthplace of our national anthem. The first fort commissioned by the U.S. government, Fort McHenry was tested during the War of 1812 when the British attempted to take over Baltimore.
- It’s a great place to stretch your legs. Fort McHenry is a National Park site and the grounds surrounding it are open to the public for free. There is a path for walking, running or biking that circles the fort and lines the water’s edge, making for some amazing views while you get your exercise.
- It’s a fun spot for events. Fort McHenry has a full calendar of events designed to bring history to life for visitors. Living history programs take place every weekend in the spring and summer months.
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The Battle of Fort McHenry was fought September 13/14, 1814, during the War of 1812 (1812-1815). Part of the larger Battle of Baltimore, the Battle of Fort McHenry saw the fort's garrison defeat a British fleet that had been advancing on the city.
Jul 08, 2017 · Construction of Fort McHenry took place following the American Revolution between 1798 and 1800. Built on the site of the previous Fort Whetstone, Fort McHenry’s purpose was to improve the defenses of the Port of Baltimore from future attacks.
USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) is a Whidbey Island -class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. She was named for Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland, the 1814 defense of which inspired " The Star-Spangled Banner ". Fort McHenry was laid down on 10 June 1983 by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle, Washington.
- 8 August 1987
- 610 ft (185.9 m)
- 1 February 1986
- 20+ knots (37+ km/h)
Jan 29, 2020 · Fort McHenry, a brick star-shaped fort guarding the mouth of the harbor, prepared for battle. The fort's commander, Major George Armistead, positioned extra cannon and recruited volunteers to man the fort during the anticipated attack.