Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —Once Baltimore's most prestigious cemetery, Westminster Burying Ground was the final resting place for many prominent Baltimoreans, including some 25 from the War of 1812. Notable burials include: General Samuel Smith, commander of American forces in Baltimore; General John Stricker, American commander at North Point; and John Stuart Skinner, U.S. prisoner exchange agent.
David Poe, Sr., who served at the Battle of North Point, is also buried here. He was the grandfather of writer Edgar Allan Poe.
Artist's TouchJ. Maximilian M. Godefroy, designer of Baltimore's Battle Monument, left his mark here, too. Godefroy designed the gateposts on the west side of the cemetery and also the tomb of General Samuel Smith.
"My friends I have but one life to lose and that I have at all times been willing to hazard in defense of my beloved country."Maj. Gen. Samuel Smith to the Committee of Vigilance and Safety, August 25, 1814.
(Inscriptions below the photos on the left) John Stuart Skinner, buried here in 1851; John Stricker, buried here in 1825; Samuel Smith, buried here in 1839 with President Martin van Buren in attendance; images/courtesy Maryland Historical Society
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|Series||This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series|
|Placed By||National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 359981 N 4350215|
|Decimal Degrees||39.29000000, -76.62360000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 17.4', W 76° 37.416'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 17' 24" N, 76° 37' 24.96" W|
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|Area Code(s)||410, 443, 301|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 20-84 MD-295, Baltimore MD 21201, US|
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