Place Published: Boston
Publisher: Weekly Messenger
Date Published: 1814
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Two (2) complete original War of 1812 newspapers, the [Boston] Weekly Messenger (MA) dated Sept 16 and Dec 2, 1814.
Light foxing throughout, 4pp with page almost separated, age toned otherwise, very good condition.
Both newspapers have inside page headlines and news coverage of the British attack on Baltimore, Maryland (the Battle of North Point) and the Battle of Fort McHenry.
Coverage of the beginning of the British atttack on Baltimore and a long description of the defeat of the British fleet in the Battle of Fort McHenry and the Battle of North Point. In the Battle of Baltimore, one of the turning points in the War of 1812, American forces warded off a British sea invasion of the busy port city of Baltimore, Maryland. The American defense of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry in this battle inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the poem which would become the national anthem of the United States: "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The Battle of North Point was fought on September 12, 1814, between General John Stricker's Maryland Militia and a British force led by Major General Robert Ross. Although tactically a British victory, the battle delayed the British advance against Baltimore, buying valuable time for the defense of the city. The engagement was a part of the larger Battle of Baltimore, a strategic American victory in the War of 1812.
Very Good. Item #2804