1) "TO NEVER DISBAND & MEET ANUALLY"
Fort McHenry veterans met in a tavern at the Fort vowing to meet annually on each and anniversary of the bombardment. Subsequent provisions were made by the Defenders organization to allow their descendants to fulfill this vow in pertetuity. Thus the foundational basis for the Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland originated with the veterans of the Battle of Baltimore. With this vow, also, custodian-ship of Defenders Day was solidified.To the right is seen the dedication of the wayside at Fort McHenry marking the tavern location where this vow was taken.
2) DEFENDERS DAY
The Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland has honored the Battle Monument on September 12th, the anniversary of the Battle of North Point, in proxy of the Baltimore Defenders, since their passing. The cornerstone was set in place for the Battle Monument on September 12, 1815, the entire City pausing in solemn remembrance. September 12th eventually became known as "Defenders Day, and became an official holiday, taking on the form of the 4th of July in many respects. In its current form, at Fort McHenry, the Army Field Band, 1812 re-enactors, Maryland National Guard Artillery gun salutes, and fireworks complete Defenders' Day Events.
MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES ISSUED MAY 14TH, 1842
4) OLD DEFENDERS DAY (MINT JULEP PARTY)
The Defenders of Baltimore came together in May of
1814 after Napoleon had fallen to the British, making
a full scale British attack on the United States
and Baltimore inevitable. The Assocation of the
Defenders of Baltimore chose May 14th as the formal
formation, not September 12th, and not April 1st when
this official date was recorded in Baltimore City.
We have a Mint Julep Party to celebrate the anniversary
of the formal date of formation. Mint Julep has been
a longtime Maryland tradition.