Oft overlooked Battle of North Point again slighted by PBS documentary

October 13, 2011

Despite its promotion by The Sun last week, the recent PBS television program about the War of 1812 once again ignored the Battle of North Point, which was fought in 1814 around the area of what is now Dundalk-Edgemere. This seemed like a deliberate oversight, given the fact that the battle was covered in the show's companion book, "The War of 1812: A Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites."

Granted, Fort McHenry is the star attraction of the 1812 war because it inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words of our national anthem. But the Battle of North Point played a no less important role in convincing the British not to attempt a second land attack on Baltimore at Hampstead Hill, the site of today's Patterson Park.

As a Maryland writer who covered the bicentennial of the American Revolution in 1976, I believe the citizens of Maryland deserve coverage of the War of 1812 that recognizes the role played by all those who participated in the conflict and the geographic areas involved.

Blaine Taylor, Towson

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