Strategic Post

Strategic Post (HM1IIS)

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

N 39° 16.284', W 76° 36.486'

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— War of 1812 —

Known as Lookout Hill, this high ground served as observation post, military camp, and gun battery. Although unfinished when the British arrived, the battery helped fend off a naval flanking attack September 14, 1814. Had the enemy maneuver succeeded, they could have penetrated the city's western defenses.

The circular battery was later named Fort Wood for an officer killed on the Niagara River.

Artist's Viewpoint
Best known for paintings of the American West, Alfred Jacob Miller left and important record of the Battle of Baltimore. As a teen, Miller painted this scene from the viewpoint of Fort Wood in 1828-1829 as his father, who was in the battle, described it.

(Inscription under the portrait on the right) A self portrait of Alfred Jacob Miller

(Inscription under the main painting) Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society

"The well directed fire of the little fort (Wood) checked the enemy on his approach, and probably saved the town from destruction in the dark hours of the night."Eyewitness account Salem Gazette, September 27, 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
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361281 N 4348127
Decimal Degrees39.27140000, -76.60810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.284', W 76° 36.486'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 17.04" N, 76° 36' 29.16" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Riverside Park Path, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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