Standing Guard

Standing Guard (HM1IJL)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21409 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 59.694', W 76° 29.064'

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— War of 1812 —

Fort Severn and Fort Madison on this stretch of the Severn River, along with a gun battery at Horn Point in Eastport, made Annapolis the best-fortified city in Maryland at the start of the War of 1812.

British ships hovered near the harbor several times and even sounded the depths of the Severn. Although Annapolis residents stayed on high alert in fear of attack, the enemy opted for less well-defended targets.

(Inscription next to the sketch on the right) Fort Nonsense (approximate site highlighted) is not named in the 1814 sketch by William Tatham, but the note describes its location.

No Nonsense
A circular earthwork called Fort Nonsense added to Annapolis defenses. Unlike the forts built along the shoreline to guard against naval attack, Fort Nonsense was on high round to protect Fort Madison from overland access.

(Inscription above the photo on the left) The U.S. Naval Academy was built on the grounds of Fort Stevens in 1845. Fort or Battery Severn at Annapolis ca. 1860. Image/Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812.

"Annapolis being fortified, a Station for Troops, and not to be approached by our larger Ships on Account of the Shallowness of the Water, it is...probable the Occupation of it might cost us some little Time..."
Rear Admiral George Cockburn to Vice Admiral Alexander F.I. Cochrane, July 17, 1814.

Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 371450 N 4317258
Decimal Degrees38.99490000, -76.48440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.694', W 76° 29.064'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 41.64" N, 76° 29' 3.84" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Annapolis MD 21409, US
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