Sketch of the Entrenched Position of the American Forces Near Baltimore on the 13th Septr. 1814
Journal of Sir Pulteney Malcolm, 1814-1817, with “Sketch of the Entrenched Position of the American Forces Near Baltimore on the 13th Septr. 1814.” Manuscripts Division, Pulteney Malcolm Papers.
Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm (1768-1838) recorded the attack on Fort McHenry in his logbook/journal of September 13-14. “The Bombs [bomb vessels] continued Bombarding the Fort during the Night,” he wrote. His map of the defenses of Baltimore shows the “apparent strength” of the position, which convinced the attackers to retire.
- Taken: February 2, 2014