Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818)

Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818) (HM1JWQ)

Location: , VA 22514 Caroline County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 0.053', W 77° 20.112'

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The War of 1812

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Lt. Col. George Armistead (1780-1818)

Known for his service in the War of 1812, George Armistead was born here at Newmarket plantation. Armistead distinguished himself in 1813 during the capture of Fort George, Canada, but is best known as the commanding officer of Fort McHenry during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore, for which he earned the rank of lieutenant colonel. The American victory proved a turning point in the war, and was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's poem "The Star Spangled Banner." Armistead commanded at Fort McHenry until his death in Baltimore in 1818. He is buried there in Old St. Paul's Cemetery.
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The War of 1812

Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America's War of 1812 with the British, which lasted until 1815. Beginning in 1813, Virginians suffered from a British naval blockade of the Chesapeake Bay and from British troops plundering the countryside by the Bay and along the James, Rappahannock, and Potomac Rivers. The Virginia militia deflected a British attempt to take Norfolk in 1813 and engaged British forces throughout the war. By the end of the war, more than 2,000 enslaved African Americans in Virginia had gained their freedom aboard British ships.
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Marker NumberND-15
Year Placed2014
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294964 N 4208486
Decimal Degrees38.00088333, -77.33520000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 0.053', W 77° 20.112'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 0' 3.18" N, 77° 20' 6.72" W
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Area Code(s)804
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near VA-2, VA 22514, US
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