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“Battle Ground”

Methodist-Episcopal Church Site

2400 block North Point Road at German Hill Road
(some 500 yards N. W. of Battle Acre)
Now the Galilee Baptist Church

At 8 P.M. the night before the North Point engagement, i.e., on Sunday evening, September 11(1814), General Stricker arrived here with the bulk of his troops and encamped for the night. Probably he established his headquarters within the chapel. During and after next day’s battle the Meeting, House was utilized as a field hospital for the wounded of both sides.

After the engagement Col. Arthur Brooke, the commander of the British land forces, camped here. The next day he proceed towards Baltimore.

The site is close to the head of Bread and Cheese Creek, and slightly northwest of the head of Bear Creek, the City proper lying about seven miles to the west. On this peninsula stood what was originally referred to by its Methodist congregation as the Patapsco Neck church (or chapel) and, after the War of 1812, as the “Baffle Ground” church. Records of the Baltimore Circuit indicate that a chapel stood here at least as early as 1795, one of the pioneering Methodist chapels in Baltimore County. The structure had double doors with large, straight iron hinges, and was painted red.

Monument erected in 1914 by the Patriotic Order, Sons of America, as part of the Centennial observations. Title to the site was conveyed to the State of Maryland through the efforts of one of your Society’s past presidents, William Henry Pitcher.

In 1837 the chapel was remodeled, and again in 1858. When this was done, hundreds of lead bullets were found embedded in its framework. Presumably it is the earlier of the remodeled edifices which is seen on the scroll affixed to the front of the monument. This visualization closely resembles the earliest depiction of the Meeting House that I have uncovered. This is a clearly printed but dwarfishly reproduced engraving in Harper’s Magazine for March, 1864 (XXVIII, 443), in a series of articles on the war by the New York historian Benson John Lossing. The engraving shows a rectangular building with three windows on its right side, two high front openings, and chimney on the right rear of the roof. Probably the visualization on the scroll derives from Lossing and, if so, in all likelihood from the book edition of his articles, the monumental Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 (New York, 1868), p. 950.

Three later identical views of the Meeting House — in 1907, 1919, and 1934 — reveal a sloping addition on the chapel’s left side. In 1887 the congregation removed to a new house of worship, and the older building was demolished about 1921. Two different photographs showing its “last stand” may be found in the two concluding sources below.

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