capital of America.
While Ross was crossing Maryland to the national capital a British fleet, under Commodore Gordon, went up the Potomac and plundered Alexandria, on the Virginia shore.
The British retreated to their ships after desolating the capital, and, flushed with success, they attempted to capture Baltimore.
Rose landed with 9,000 troops at North Point, 12 miles from Baltimore, on Sept. 12, and proceeded to march on the city, when he was confronted by an American force under General Stricker and driven back.
Ross was killed, and his troops fled to their ships.
At the same time the British fleet sailed up Patapsco Bay and bombarded Fort McHenry, that guarded Baltimore Harbor.
They were repulsed, and ships and troops, discomfited, left the Chesapeake to operate on the more southern regions of the American coast.
It was very important in carrying out the plan of the Confederates, early in 1861, to seize the national capital, to have the authorities of the
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When news of the landing of the British came, General Smith sent General Stricker with 3,200 men in that direction to watch the movements of the invaders and act as circumstances might require.
Some volunteers and militia were also sent to co-operate with Stricker.
Feeling confident of success, Ross, accompanied by Admiral Cockburn, rode gayly in front of the troops asnother hour in resting and careless carousing at a tavern.
From Colonel Sterett's regiment General Stricker had sent forward companies led by Captains Levering and Howard, 150 in number, and commandeire invading force pressed forward, and, at about 2 P. M. (Sept. 12), met the first line of General Stricker's main body, when a severe
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The battle raged for twohours, when the superior force of the British compelled the Americans to fall back towards Baltimore; and at Worthington's Mill, about half a mile in front of the intrenchments cast up by the citizens, they