Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire

Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire (HM1992)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
Country: United States of America

N 39° 15.805', W 76° 34.749'

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You are standing in the most vulnerable point of Fort McHenry, and potentially the most deadly. The main entrance was the weakest part of the fort's walls. Fearing a British land attack, the defenders built the Ravelin (the structure to your right) for protection in 1813. Wedge-shaped, the Ravelin would split an enemy assault against the main gate. The fort's star-shape allowed cannons to be mounted on each bastion or "point" to catch an enemy in a murderous crossfire.

A ditch or "dry moat" surrounded the fort and offered protection for both the fort's walls and the 600 U.S. infantry troops.
HM NumberHM1992
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 1:30pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363763 N 4347197
Decimal Degrees39.26341667, -76.57915000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.805', W 76° 34.749'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 48.30" N, 76° 34' 44.94" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1483 Constellation Plaza, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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