The Battle of North Point
The Battle of North Point

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Documents for the Classroom:  The Battle of North Point, September 12, 1814

Teaching American History in Maryland is a collaborative program of the Maryland State Archives and the Center for History Education (CHE), University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and the following sponsoring school systems: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the Baltimore City Public School System, and Baltimore County Public Schools.

Other program partners include the Martha Ross Center for Oral History, Maryland Historical Society, State Library Resource Center/Enoch Pratt Free Library, with assistance from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress. The program is funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

The State Archives of Maryland seriesTeaching American History in Maryland: Documents for the Classroomwas researched and developed by Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archives, Dr. M. Mercer Neale, Boys' Latin School, and Nancy Bramucci, Maryland State Archives, with the assistance of Lynne MacAdam, Maryland State Archives, and graduate students in the Public History Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

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The Battle of North Point

The Battle of North Point took place on September 12, 1814 as British troops marched towards Baltimore and were met by Maryland militia.  These downloadable primary source documents help students explore the battle and its outcomes, the stories of the particpants and how history remembers the battle and the War of 1812.

Additional Resources

Other Document collections related to the War of 1812 include:

Bringing Down the House: The Burning of the White House in the War of 1812 
Compiled by: Nancy Bramucci Sheads, Maryland State Archives
Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland
Compiled by: Nancy Bramucci Sheads, Maryland State Archives

Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner
Compiled by: Nancy Bramucci Sheads, Maryland State Archives

Mary Pickersgill: Maker of the Star-Spangled Banner
Compiled by: Richard Olson, University of Maryland Baltimore County


History, U.S. First Ladies, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812
National/State Standards:
National History Standards:
Topic 2:  The History of the Students’ Own State or Region
STANDARD 3:  The people, events, problems, and ideas that created the history of their state
war of 1812, Battle of North Point, Battle of Balitmore, Fort McHenry, Star-Spangled Banner, Star-Spangled Banner Flag, General Robert Ross, Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Campaign

Last updated: February 26, 2015