The Battle of North Point is the beginning of the Battle of Baltimore, which includes the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the birth of what is now our National Anthem. This weekend, September 7,-8, 2013, celebrate the battle that began 199 years ago on September 12th 1814. Reenactments of this battle in the War of 1812 begin at 9:00 am Saturday at Fort Howard Park.
The park opens at 9:00 am with the public program starting at 10:00 am with a welcome and flag raising ceremony. 1812 era military camps will be open to the public along with living history displays and interpretive sessions. Displays and presentations include historical trades and crafts, period skills and games.
The first battle reenactment is scheduled to begin at 1:15 pm with the second battle scheduled for 4:00 pm. Between battles the British and American camps are open as well as the living history displays. The program ends on Saturday with a flag ceremony at 4:30 pm
This battle came after British troops invaded Washington, burning the Capitol building and what is now the White House. British Major General Robert Ross, who died in the attack, landed a reported 4,500 in the North Point, on the Patapsco Peninsula near Baltimore.
Meanwhile Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane moved his ships to the Baltimore harbor to attack Ft. McHenry. This two pronged attack didn't anticipate the American commander Major General Samuel Smith to be waiting with 3,200 men and six cannon. By the end of the fight the British withdrew leaving the overall attack to on Baltimore to fail.
Come and join the activities this weekend and see the encampments and reenactments of this pivotal battle in American history. From North and East of Baltimore take Interstate 695 Beltway to Exit 42 and follow the signs to Edgemere/Fort Howard which will take you to Route 20 South to Fort Howard Park.
From the South and West: take Baltimore Interstate 695 Beltway to Exit 43 and follow the signs to Edgemere/Fort Howard, following the signs to Route 20 South to Fort Howard Park.