Tag: Battle of Baltimore

Baltimore, You’ve Been Walking Your Dogs Over War of 1812 Artifacts

Patterson Park's Forgotten War of 1812 History
Photo by Anne, via Flickr.

Patterson Park may be quite tranquil now, but in September 1814 (when it was known as Hempstead Hill), the park hosted “thousands of militia men” as they prepared to defend Baltimore against a British land invasion in the War of 1812.

Baltimore Heritage has begun a month-long archaeological dig at Patterson Park at what they believe were the north and south ends of the War of 1812 entrenchment. (The headquarters were probably somewhere between the pagoda and the Friends of Patterson Park building.)

The excavation, which began Wednesday, has so far unearthed “bricks, mortar, glass, nails, shards of pottery, and a gunflint.” And no doubt countless cigarette butts and dog bones. In addition to artifacts from the war itself, the archaeologists hope to find evidence of Laudenslager’s butcher’s shop, from which Butcher’s Hill got its name.

It’s the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore – Pictures from the “Sailabration”


Baltimore is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore this weekend. From the 13th to the 19th, the city will see more than 40 tall ships and naval vessels in her harbor.  There’s going to be fireworks, free tours, an original composition, “The Overture for 2012” by Philip Glass, and an air show from the Blue Angels. Check below for some scenes of the Sailabration at the Inner Harbor.