The Wandering Rebel

Maryland Wanderings
Ft. McHenry, 1814

These pictures, from 1998, are among the oldest I am putting up. Teachers are encouraged to print the last picture, The Banner flying over the fort with the words of the Star-Spangled Banner superimposed, for their classroom.
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1. A copy of the Star-Spangled Banner in the early morning haze. The haze lifted not 2 minutes after I took this picture.
2 &3. During the Revolutionary War, an earthen work fort, called Fort Whetstone, stood on the site of Ft. McHenry.
 2. Here Revolutionary War Re-enactors have set up camp.
 3. Re-enactor in front of the entrance to the fort. From the left: 2 Revolutionary war soldiers, a 1812 U.S. Seaman, and a 1812   merchant seaman
.4. Displayed copy of the original of the Star-Spangled Banner.
5. Coat, Vest and Shirt belonging to James McHenry, of Baltimore, George Washington's and John Adams's Secretary of War. McHenry served as a surgeon in the American Revolution, later as a secretary to Washington, and later as an aide to Lafayette. Later he represented Maryland at teh Constitutional Convention.
6. Lt. Colonel George Armistead, Fort Commander, he ordered a flag "large enough that the British would have no trouble seeing it." A half century, his nephew, Gen. Lewis Addison Armistead would die at Gettysburg. Both Armisteads are buried in Old St. Pauls' Cemetery in Baltimore.
7. Fort McHenry is setup as a 5-sided star fort, In that fashion, each point was protected by 2 other points. You are viewing one of the points.
 8. The main entrance. Its point is separated from the rest of the fort to allow a cross-fire if the gate is attacked.
9.  The view from just outside the main gate.
10. My wife heading for the powder room
11. The powder cache inside the powder room.
12. Between the double gates.
13. A view inside the battlements

14 & 15. one of the Remote gun batteries. This one is armed with World War I era canon, Ft. McHenry was used as a coastal defense fort at that time.
16. A British Rocket on display. One of the few casualties was a girl taking a meal out to her father who was manning one of the remote batteries. She was struck in the head by one of these rockets fired from a British warship.
17 & 18. "Fensibles" Defensibles, the volunteer "National Guard" of the time. These men were charged with helping with sea and river defense.
19. 1812-era Midshipman
20. The Banner view from the enlisted barracks. Notice the flag, 15 stars and 15 stripes, one of each for each state.
21 & 22. Views of the other Powder Room.
23, 24, & 25. Non-Commissioned Officer Quarters. Notice the bed.
26. My wife in front of the original base for the flag pole.
27. By each time a star is added to the flag, the new flag is 1st flown at Ft. McHenry. Here are the 1st 49 and 50 star flags
28. My Wife and I pose with a re-enactor dressed as a Merchant Marine sailor. These men used pikes and canon every day and therefore were a great addition to the fort.
29. A British bomb.
30 & 31. During the Civil Fort McHenry was used as a POW camp. This sergeant would have been one of those held here.
32. The 1st verse of the Star-Spangled Banner superimposed over picture 1.

All pictures and descriptions (c) Copyright 2008, The Wandering Rebel, S. T. Lang


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