They Had Another Thing Coming….

Happy  200th  Anniversary 

of the Star Spangled Banner!

Following the Battle of North Point, British troops marched to Baltimore, an economic, shipbuilding hub that was the center of privateer activities against British shipping. The British, expecting to easily disperse the 250 man militia they had encountered at North Point, were shocked to encounter over 12,000 well-armed Americans  in prepared positions on the outskirts of Baltimore. 

What Happen to Major General Robert Ross?

Happy  200th  Anniversary 

of the 

Star Spangled Banner!

 

 
 
 
The British general who burned Washington, Major General Robert Ross, was himself killed by two 14-year old sharpshooters with the 3rd Maryland militia Brigade at North Point as he led troops against Baltimore. Sadly, the two boys themselves did not survive the battle, but were immortalized in the Battle Monument in Baltimore
 
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Equal Opportunity Arsonists

Happy  200th  Anniversary 

of the 

Star Spangled Banner

Americans were equal opportunity arsonists: a year before British forces burned Washington D.C., Americans  sacked and burned York (present-day Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada. After an ammunition explosion at a garrison killed 300 Americans, irate American soldiers responded by burning York’s provincial parliament and other public buildings. A British imperial lion looted by the Americans is still possessed by the U.S. Naval Academy.

Did The Star Spangled Banner Originate with High Insurance Rates?

During the War of 1812, British Navy and commercial shipping were not seriously dented by American privateers, but privateers did take their toll on the cost of doing business. Alarmed by presence of American privateers and ships with letters-of-marque operating even in the British home waters, insurance companies jacked up rates. British shipowners and insurance companies suffered heavy losses, and British vessels paid high insurance rates just to cross the Irish Channel after American privateers began operating in British waters. This led wealthy merchants to complain loudly to Westminster demanding they to do something about the problem. 
 
This may have led to the demise of Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren’s career; the British Naval leader in the West Atlantic theater complained about how privateers with their speed and mischief had made his job all but impossible. Finding his job impossible got him sacked after his final demand for more help against the privateers. This may explain why his replacement, Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane chose to assault Baltimore. The city was the privateering capital of America, dubbed “a nest of pirates” by the British, perhaps setting up that memorable confrontation that launched the American anthem.
 
 

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