by Jay Doyle
Project Manager, Baltimore County Department of Planning
Enjoy Defenders Day at North Point – Baltimore County’s signature annual salute to its War of 1812 heritage – this Sunday, Sept. 2nd, at the beautiful waterfront treasure known as Fort Howard Park, 9500 North Point Road. This daylong affair features two reenactments of the Battle of North Point, which took place the day before the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814.
Gates open at 10 a.m., with the first reenactment commencing at 1 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. A strong contingent of living history interpreters will be on hand as will strains of period music. Recently, the Fire Museum of Maryland began exhibiting at the event, this year being no exception. The intrepid firefighters will have a true, 1812-era pumper truck on display, intriguing to children and adults alike.
The Battle of North Point began in pre-dawn hours when British royal marines and infantry disembarked from ships, landing at various points along the southern tip of the North Point peninsula. This year’s event plans a new maritime feature to depict this dramatic aspect of the battle. On land, British invaders in “red-coat” attire will face off against Maryland militia units such as Asquith’s Rifles and the vaunted “Dandy Fifth” Regiment. Thundering cannon fire will echo through the trees. Odds are British General Robert Ross will take a direct hit and stoically draw his last breath on Baltimore County soil as he did 198 years ago.
We salute Defenders Day Chairman Harry Young and his loyal band of steadfast volunteers with the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society who put on a splendid show every year. Bring your appetite. Consider purchasing commemorative items and souvenirs from the historical society, Friends of Todd’s Inheritance and other civic organizations eager to promote the War of 1812 bicentennial and their good causes. Representatives from the National Park Service and the Baltimore County War of 1812 Advisory Committee will be in attendance.
Information: Jay Doyle, 410-887-2483