Fire Power

Fire Power (HM1HGV)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21210 Baltimore County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 22.752', W 76° 38.616'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Bellona Gunpowder Company mills, operating from 1801 to 1856, was located in present-day Robert E. Lee Park along the banks of the Jones Falls. Bellona was one of several Baltimore powder mills and produced explosives used in the defense of Baltimore. At its peak it produced one-fifth of all the U.S. powder.

Bellona sold 200 barrels of gunpowder to Fort McHenry in June 1814. The explosives were likely used when the British attacked that September.

(Side-bar) Homemade Powder-Gunpowder-a mixture of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulfur-fueled all explosive weapons. Escalating war and new sources of saltpeter spurred domestic production. Using powder to blast openings for mines and transportation also bolstered the industry.

(Quote) "The Bellona Gunpowder Company offer for sale, gunpowder of various descriptions, and of a superior quality, in half barrels, kegs, canisters and pound paper."-Baltimore Federal Gazette, August 16, 1814.

(Inscription beside the photo in the center)
Gunpowder from Bellona likely fired the naval guns on the water battery at Fort McHenry during the British bombardment.

Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceBusiness Center
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 8:12am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
Location DescriptionLocated within Robert E. Lee Park on paved trail.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 358436 N 4360146
Decimal Degrees39.37920000, -76.64360000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.752', W 76° 38.616'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 45.1200" N, 76° 38' 36.9600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)410, 443
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Baltimore MD 21210, US
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