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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Armistead, George, 1780- (search)
nk of major in the 3d Artillery, and was distinguished at the capture of Fort George. His gallant defence of Fort McHenry in September, 1814, won for him immortal honors. He had five brothers in the military service in the second war for independence--three in the regular army and two in the militia service. Because of his bravery in defending Baltimore, he was brevetted a lieutenant-colonel; and the citizens presented him with an elegant silver service in the form of a vase fashioned like a bombshell, with goblets and salver. After his death at Baltimore, April 25, 1818, a fine marble monument was erected there to his memory. The George Armistead. grateful citizens also erected a large monument, designed by Maximilian Godefroy, and wrought in white marble, in memory of all the defenders of Baltimore. It The Armistead vase. is a cenotaph, and was erected in 1815, at a cost of $60,000. It bears the names, in bronze letters, of the officers who perished in defence of the city.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), North Point, battle of (search)
were failures, and that prudence demanded an immediate abandonment of the enterprise. At 3 A. M. on the 14th, in the midst of darkness and rain, the land troops stole away to their ships, and, at an early hour, the bombardment of the fort ceased and the British ships withdrew, Baltimore was saved. The British had lost, in killed and wounded, 289 men; the Americans lost, in killed, wounded, and prisoners, 213. The grateful citizens of Baltimore devised a memorial of the salvation of their city and of the actors in it, as enduring as marble could make it. For them Maximilian Godefroy designed the beautiful structure which stands in Calvert Street, almost in the centre of the city. This monument is a cenotaph, surmounted by a column representing the Roman fasces. The whole monument, including the exquisitely wrought female figure at the top, symbolizing the city of Battle monument, Baltimore. Baltimore, is almost 53 feet in height. It was erected in 1815, at a cost of $60,000.