Discover the people and places of Baltimore from the American Revolution through the Battle of Baltimore and beyond. We tell the stories of the city that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner from the builders behind early iconic architecture to the struggle of enslaved people for freedom.

About the Battle of Baltimore project

The Battle of Baltimore is a Curatescape-based website and smartphone application created to share the stories of people and places in and around Baltimore from the War of 1812. Residents, visitors, educators and students can enjoy reading accounts of Baltimore landmarks written by people who lived here in the early ninetheenth century. We've also published dozens of easy-to-read short essays contributed by historic sites, scholars and community historians. Check out our tours including:

Many of these landmarks were torn down long ago but some still stand. You can learn more about these landmarks on Explore Baltimore Heritage and our Witness to the War of 1812 tour. You can also learn more about life during the monumental year of 1814 on our Baltimore 1814 blog.

About Baltimore Heritage

Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is Baltimore’s nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With two staff members, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, we work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Learn more about our organization, visit our blog, or check out our upcoming events.


Auni Gelles is a graduate student in public history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also works for the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, one of Maryland’s 13 certified Heritage Areas, covering portions of Carroll, Frederick, and Washington counties. A graduate of Goucher College, she previously served as a graduate assistant with the Center for Digital History and Education and in the Special Collections at UMBC, a New Media intern at the National Museum of American History, and a program assistant at the Maryland Humanities Council.

John H. B. Latrobe was born in Philadelphia but settled in Baltimore where he became a prominent attorney, architect, and artist. He was a founding member of the Bar Association of Baltimore City in 1879, a co-founder of the American Bar Association, legal counsel to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad from 1827 to 1891, and a co-founder and past President of the Maryland Historical Society. His contributions to this site are excerpted from his 1832 guidebook Picture of Baltimore.

Scott S. Sheads is a National Park Ranger/Historian at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine who is supporting this effort with 32 years of research experience on the Battle for Baltimore and the Chesapeake campaigns. Scott is well-known in the field of 1812 research for his several published works and lectures. His contributions to this site are cross-posted from his ongoing blog Maryland in the War of 1812.

Charles Varle was French-born American map maker and publisher. In 1808, Varle published what is considered the first printed map of an American county to show the names of landowners. His contributions to this site are excerpted from his 1833 guidebook A Complete View of Baltimore.

Additional contributions include excerpts by John Lossing Benson, Ruthella Miry Bibbins, Robert Gilmor, Rt. Rev. James A. Handy, and John Thomas Scharf. Special thanks to John Pousson.

If you want to learn more about researching the history of Baltimore and the War of 1812, please visit Explore Baltimore Heritage 101 to find exercises and resources including our Battle of Baltimore research guide. If you are you're interested in contributing a story to the Battle of the Baltimore, please get in touch


This project is supported by a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Program of the Maryland Historical Trust and the Baltimore National Heritage Area.


Battle of Baltimore is built with Omeka and Curatescape. Curatescape is a humanities-centered web and mobile framework developed by the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University.