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“Dulici et decorum est pro Patria mori” On July 21, 1817, Captain Benjamin C. Howard’sFirst Mechanical Volunteersformed up early in town and marched six miles to the North Point battleground. Accompanying them were wagons conveying…

On April 22, 1839 Major General Samuel Smith (1752-1839), veteran of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 in which he commanded the Third Division of Maryland Militia during the Battle for Baltimore, passed away. Of the many obituaries this one…

At the beginning of the 19th century, the far eastern edge of Baltimore was defined by Harris Creek, a modest tributary of the Patapsco that spilled into the river near where today Boston Street and Lakewood Avenue meet in the neighborhood of Canton.…

At the north side of the entrance to Sollers’ Point on Bear Creek was Camp Eagleston named for the nearby farm of John Eagleston, a private in Captain Samuel McDonald’s company, 6thMaryland Regiment. The camp was one of several strategic…

At the session of Assembly in November 1773, an Act was passed appointing Charles Ridgely, William Lux, John Moale, William Smith, and Samuel Purviance, of Baltimore Town, and Andrew Buchanan and Harry Dorsey Gough, trustees for the poor of Baltimore…

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On August 9, 1832 in a deposition before a Notary Public, Sailing Master Beverly Diggs (c.1783-1862) gave narrative of his role on September 12, 1814 as the British fleet made their appearance that morning entering the Patapsco River and later…

After making the sketch... [of Fort McHenry], we returned, stopping on the way to make a drawing of the circular seven-gun battery..., and to find the sites of Fort Covington and the City Battery, which was commanded by the gallant Webster. These…

On April 25, 1818, Brevet Lt. Colonel George Armistead (1780-1818), age 38, died at the home of his brother-in-law Christopher Hughes, Jr. His funeral procession included the 1814 defenders' of Fort McHenry and citizens who proceeded to Old St.…

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Overlooking Baltimore Inner Harbor waterfront on Federal Hill stands the statue of Major General Samuel Smith (1752-1839), Revolutionary War officer, merchant, ship-owner, and U.S. Senator earned him the experience and fortitude in the momentous…

On the eve of the 25thAnniversary of the Battle of North Point, a prominent physician of medicine and purveyor of his famous “Houck’s Remedies” gave to the State of Maryland an acre of land on the battlefield for the princely sum of…

Lt. Colonel Joseph Sterett (1773-1821) and his wife Molly Harris' 260-acre estate of “Mount Deposit” lay to the north of Judge Kell’s estate along the Philadelphia Road, two miles east from Baltimore, overlooking Fell’s Point…

After stopping at the home of Joseph Foard, British troops continued next to the country estate of Judge Thomas Kell (1772-1846) whose family also had departed for safety. Judge Thomas Kell (1772-1846) was a Judge on the Circuit Court and later…

Following the Battle of North Point and the death of Maj. General Robert Ross, the British army under Col. Arthur Brooke advanced on the morning of September 13 towards the outskirts of Baltimore west on the Philadelphia Road (Rt.40) along Herring…

“Sunday, 11th September 1814. This has been a day of great alarm, and to some of terror and dismay. I feel a confidence that God will mercifully spare the city and save the inhabitants from destruction.” Journal of the Reverend John…

May they rest in peace in their narrow beds, covered by verdure ever fresh, and wild flowers ever blooming; and may the kindliest dew of Heaven distill upon their graves an emblem of our tears.”Niles’ Weekly Register, March 30,…

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