Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —Transport ships carrying a British invasion force arrived in Old Road Bay, September 11, 1814. Before dawn the next day, troops were ferried to this landing site to begin the 15-mile march to Baltimore. Reinforced by navy warships, they expected easy victory.
Losses at the Battle of North Point, including Major General Robert Ross; the navy's failure to take Fort McHenry; and superior America defenses outside Baltimore caused the British army to withdraw to their waiting ships at North Point on September 15.
"(A) s the boats were ordered to be in readiness at dawn, every man slept in his clothes, that he might be prepared to start at a moment's warning."British Lieutenant George Robert Gleig, 1827 recollection of the landing.
Why Here? Old Road Bay was a protected deep-water anchorage off North Point, large enough to accommodate transport ships, close to a good landing place for troop deployment, and within support distance of other Royal Navy vessels.
(Inscription beside the engraving on the right) British commander General Ross, depicted here in an 1816 engraving by G.M. Brightly, was mortally wounded during a skirmish prior to the Battle of North Point.
|Series||This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series|
|Placed By||National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 9:02am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 375484 N 4341071|
|Decimal Degrees||39.21000000, -76.44220000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 12.6', W 76° 26.532'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 12' 36" N, 76° 26' 31.92" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||410, 443|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 9105-9199 North Point Rd, Edgemere MD 21219, US|
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