objectives of the Maryland Society are the collection and preservation of rolls,
records, books, and other documents relating to the War of 1812; the
encouragement of research and the preservation of historical data, including
memorials to patriots of that era in our national history; the caring for the
graves of veterans of the War of 1812; the cherishing, maintenance and extension
of the institutions of American freedom; the fostering of true patriotism and
love of country.
In carrying out these objectives, the Maryland Society hold meetings for their
members and guests at which programs relating to the War of 1812 and intelligent
patriotism are presented. Over the years the membership has been fortunate
in attracting gentlemen of high caliber, intelligence and gracious demeanor.
The General Society and Maryland
Society are sensitive to the high ideals espoused by our Founding Fathers and
they feel the duty that ever vigilant defense of our nation and its Constitution
The Society of The War of 1812 in Maryland remembers the veterans of the War of 1812 with the Defenders' Day Cavalcade.
Our Defenders Dozen publication has become a tradition in showcasing traditional stops on the Cavalcade, and is now also a useful walking tour guide. An Annual Andrew Jackson Day Luncheon is held every January. In the Spring, our
Mint Julep Party recognizes remembers the occasion when
Baltimore veterans received their first organ- izational charter in Maryland
recorded in the Circuit court of Baltimore as "THE ASSOCIATION OF DEFENDERS
OF BALTIMORE" on 14th of May 1842. (Later, in 1895, to be incorporated as The
Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland). View our on-line photograph and image scrapbook
capturing some scenes from these events.
The Society is now engaged in
looking forward to the 1814 Bicentennial , which is also the Star-Spangled
Banner 200 celebration. We are official partners with the
Star-Spangled Banner 200 Commission
in this milestone event which promises to be a spectacular one! The
celebration period extends from 2012 to 2015. Our Bicentennial Logo is to
Our Bicentennial Book, Heritage of Courage is now available
purchase. We invite you to share in our rich heritage and to celebrate
the Bicentennial with us! The
site offers this book in
The Maryland Historical Trust
has awarded the Maryland Society a grant to advance our efforts to preserve Battle
Acre, the site of intense conflict and unusual courage during the Battle of North Point in
1814. Visit our interactive
chronology of events from the Battle of North Point.
The Maryland Society archives are held in the Archives at the University of Baltimore.
You must see our virtual museum, showcasing artifacts and
memorabilia owned by Maryland Society members (not
Other Maryland institutions also perpetuate the legacy of the War of 1812.
The flag which inspired
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Celebrate Star-Spangled 200!
insignia of the Maryland Society is a formee’ cross surmounted by an eagle,
suspended form a ribbon of gold-black gold stripes representing the
Calvert arms. In the center of the medal is reproduced the Battle Monument , at
the Monument Square, Baltimore. On the right of the monument is depicted two
crossed guns, and on the left two crossed cannons. On the left corner is inscribed the word “Society”, upper corner
“War 1812”, right corner “Maryland” and lower corner “Organized
1814”. The finish of the medal is in gold or bronze.
Not surprisingly, the Society logo contains
the insignia. D
traditional and bicentennial
versions of our society logo containing the insignia.
our national anthem was created at the Flag House. This star-spangled banner
flew over Fort McHenry
where it became the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's verses. While the flag
resides at the Smithsonian Institute in nearby Washington D.C., the original
copy of the poem/song The Star-Spangled Banner resides in Baltimore at the Maryland Historical Society.
The award-winning Fort McHenry Guard
is a group of volunteers who research and re-create roles of people who
in early 19th century Baltimore. The Patriots of Fort McHenry
to preserving the historical legacy of the Fort and inspiring all who visit the
"Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner" through living history, educational
The Society for the Preservation of
Federal Hill and Fell's Point has very interesting programs such as "
Patterson Park in the War of 1812". Todd's
Inheritance Historic Site, Inc. has restored Todd's
Inheritance, a property which played a key roll in preventing the British from capturing Baltimore
during the Battle of North Point. The Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
identified the archaeological site of the 1814 Battle of St. Leonard
Creek, the largest naval engagement in Maryland's history.
Fort Hollingsworth at Historic
Elk Landing, along with close-by Fort Defiance, defended Elkton from burning by the British.
The National Park Service, with the assistance of LDR International, Inc., an
HNTB Company, of Columbia, Maryland, is studying
the 1814 British Invasion of Maryland and Washington DC, and the American
defense during the War of 1812.
Maryland Daughters of 1812 is the womens' counterpart organization of our
Society and is chartered by the U.S. Daughters of 1812. The Maryland Daughters
were activists in legislation which established the Star-Spangled banner as our
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