American Military

  • George Armistead
    George Armistead

    Major George Armistead commanded the American forces at Fort McHenry during the Battle for Baltimore September 13 and 14, 1814.

  • Charles Ball
    Charles Ball

    Charles Ball joined the US Navy Flotilla during the war and participated in Battles of St. Leonard Creek and Bladensburg.

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    Joshua Barney

    Joshua Barney lead the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla during the War of 1812.

  • Citizen Soldiers
    Citizen Soldiers

    During the War of 1812, local citizen soldiers—called militia—were primarily in charge of defending the Chesapeake Bay region.

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    Samuel Neale

    Learn how pension records revealed the long-overlooked service of Surgeon's Aide Samuel Neale.

  • Oliver Hazard Perry
    Oliver Hazard Perry

    Captain Oliver Perry may be better known for the Battle of Lake Erie, but in 1814, he was in the Chesapeake region assisting with defenses.

  • George Roberts
    George Roberts

    George Roberts, a free African American seamen who was a gunner on the privateer CHASSEUR, participated in several battles while at sea.

  • Samuel Smith
    Samuel Smith

    Major General Samuel Smith was commander of American forces in Baltimore.

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    John Stricker

    Maryland Militia Brigadier General Stricker commanded the American forces at the Battle of North Point.

  • John Adams Webster
    John Adams Webster

    Webster was Commodore Joshua Barney’s sailing master during the War of 1812.

  • William Willams (Frederick Hall)
    William Willams (Frederick Hall)

    Frederick Hall, a freedom-seeking enslaved person, enlisted in the 38th US Infantry and served as one of the defenders of Fort McHenry.

  • William Winder
    William Winder

    In his role to protect the nation's captial, Brigadier General Winder was a model of misdirected energy and indecision.

Last updated: February 16, 2024

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