Forts & Ramparts

Tour curated by: The Battle of Baltimore Team

Locations for Tour

Fort McHenry's history began in 1776 when the citizens of Baltimore Town feared an attack by British ships. An earthen star fort known as Fort Whetstone was quickly constructed. The fort, like Baltimore, was never attacked during our first…

On Lazaretto Point, across the entrance channel to Baltimore Harbor, opposite Fort McHenry, was also a small battery, in charge of Lieutenant Rutter, of the flotilla. To these several batteries, and to Fort McHenry, the citizens of Baltimore looked…

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During the summer of 1813 several shore fortifications were under construction contiguous to Fort McHenry as precautionary defenses to the west of Fort McHenry guarding the Ferry Branch approach to Baltimore. Among these was Fort Covington named for…

“I deem it absolutely necessary top erect a small Battery, south of the [powder] Magazine on the [Patapsco] river bank. It mounted six 18-pounder French naval guns behind a four foot high breastwork with a powder magazine in the rear covered…