Battle Monument

Battle Monument
Battle Monument
Battle Monument, Baltimore
Battle Monument is located in Maryland
Location: Calvert St. between Fayette and Lexington Sts., Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°17′26″N 76°36′45″W / 39.29056°N 76.6125°W / 39.29056; -76.6125Coordinates: 39°17′26″N 76°36′45″W / 39.29056°N 76.6125°W / 39.29056; -76.6125
Built: 1815
Architect: Godefroy, Maximillian; Capellano, Antonio
Governing body: Local
NRHP Reference#:


Added to NRHP: June 04, 1973

The Battle Monument, located on Calvert Street between Fayette and Lexington Streets in Baltimore, Maryland, commemorates the Battle of Baltimore and honors those who died during the month of September 1814 during the War of 1812. The monument lies in the middle of the street and is between the two Baltimore City Circuit Courthouses that are located on the opposite sides of Calvert Street.

The monument, designed by Baltimore architect Maximilian Godefroy and built in 1815-25, is 39 feet tall and is unusual in having an Egyptian Revival cenotaph base which suggests a tomb.[2] The eighteen layers of the marble base represent the eighteen states that made up the United States at the time of the war. A griffin is at each corner of the base. The column, carved as a Roman fasces, is bound with cords listing the names of soldiers who died during the battle, while the names of officers who died are at the top.[3]

The monument is topped by a marble statue by Antonio Capellano of a female figure representing Baltimore that wears a crown of victory and holds in one hand a laurel wreath and in the other a ship's rudder.[2]

The monument is depicted on the seal of the City of Baltimore that was adopted in 1827 and the city's flag adopted in the early 20th century.

The monument is erroneously depicted as being in Washington, D.C. in the film Live Free or Die Hard.

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b Dorsey, John & Dilts, James D., Guide to Baltimore Architecture (1997) p. 145-146. Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Maryland ISBN 0-87033-477-8
  3. ^ "Battle Monument". Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 

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