Commanding Officer's Quarters

Commanding Officer's Quarters (HM126)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 15.807', W 76° 34.8'

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The rooms on the left end of this building stood as a separate structure during the 1814 period. this was the residence of Major George Armistead, commanding officer and "Hero of Fort McHenry."

It was Armistead who directed the successful defense of Fort McHenry in 1814. He also ordered the making of a large flag to defy the attacking British—the same flag that inspired Francis Scott Key.Armistead's wife Louisa and their two year-old daughter probably did not stay here often. There was little privacy, and the attic bedrooms were too hot to use in summer. We know that at the time of the British bombardment, the family was evacuated to Gettysburg, where Louisa gave birth to a daughter one day after the American victory here.

Armistead's tireless efforts at Fort McHenry left him exhausted and unable to regain his health; he died in 1818.
HM NumberHM126
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Fort McHenry series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 8:07pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363690 N 4347202
Decimal Degrees39.26345000, -76.58000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.807', W 76° 34.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 48.42" N, 76° 34' 48.00" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1483-1499 Constellation Plaza, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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