Defenders Day to take Fort Howard Park
On Sunday, Sept. 2, members of the community are invited to participate in the Defenders Day festivities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fort Howard Park.
According to the Defenders Day Chairperson Debra Zimmerman, the event will be very entertaining with something to do all day long.
There will be two re-enactments of the war of 1812, one starting at 1 p.m. and the other starting at 4 p.m.
Over 20 different organizations, including the Maryland Flag House and the Maryland Historical Society, will bring displays.
On the main stage, there will be entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A magician, a living history performer, the Sky’s the Limit Community Theatre singers and a blacksmith demonstration will be displayed on stage.
There will be food vendors, walking tours and free arts and craft for kids to enjoy.
A fashion show will take place, to help people understand the uniforms soldier’s wore during the war.
“We think it’s important, as the Dundalk Historical Society, to have presentations ever y year, so, the kids growing up know what all these things their surrounded by means,” Zimmerman said.
“The more entertaining it is, the more engaged they become,” she noted.
According to Zimmerman, a lot of people consider the battle at North Point a definitive battle of the war.
On Sept. 12, 1814, British troops landed at what is known today as Fort Howard with the intention of laying siege to Baltimore. They had done the same to Washington just weeks before.
While many may overlook the Battle of North Point in favor of the more well-known bombardment of Fort McHenry days later, the importance of the battle is clear.
It was at North Point that local militiamen were able to successfully hold off British forces long enough for defenses to be fortified in Baltimore.
The militiamen would inflict heavy casualties on the British, including killing British commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ross, before falling back.
The British suffered approximately 325 wounded and killed, while about 163 Americans were wounded or killed.
While the British would go on to march toward Baltimore, the battle had taken its toll on the troops. American forces would ultimately beat back the British invaders at Fort McHenry.
“Had not the soldiers in our area, on the North Point Peninsula, killed General Ross we may not be American, we might be British,” Zimmerman said.
While the Battle of North Point is often a forgotten part of an oft-forgotten war, the citizens of Dundalk, Edgemere, Fort Howard and surrounding areas continue to commemorate the battle and its impact on American history.
“We will continue to promote the heritage we have in Dundalk,” Zimmerman said.
The event is free and free parking is available.
For more information, visit www. dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day. html or contact email@example.com or 410-284-2331.
Defenders Day is celebrated at Fort Howard.
Buzz Chriest of the Asquith Sharpshooters leads American units onto the field of battle.
The Sky’s The Limit Players performing Women’s Voices, a female perspective on the Battle of North Point, in 2015.
Reenactors rolled a cannon into position during the Defenders Day celebration in 2016.
Buzz Chriest, leader of the Aisquith Sharpshooters, is a founder of the Defenders Day festivities.