The Battle of Baltimore, fought September 12-14, 1814, was the defining moment in the War of 1812. Following their devastating victory at Bladensburg the British forces burned the American capitol, Washington D.C. Riding on the shoulders of their success, British commanders now had their eyes set on the third largest city in the United States, the port city of Baltimore. The Battle of Baltimore that would follow combined a naval and land assault against American forces around the city. Faced against the greatest military in the world, American forces held their ground and saved Baltimore from facing the same fate as Washington D.C., the epic event also inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that would eventually become "The Star-Spangled Banner," today's National Anthem.
Last updated: September 11, 2020