The Citizen Soldiers at North Point and Fort McHenry, September 12 & 13, 1814
Baltimore: N. Hickman, . First printing. Leather over boards. Duodecimo. 96 pages. Tidy prior owner bookplate on front pastedown, early bookseller label tipped over publisher name on title page: "Sold by / Freeman & Goodmith / Corner of St. Paul and Baltimore Streets / Baltimore."
First printing of the principal reference for names, ranks, and duties of the local militiamen who responded to the attempted British invasion of Baltimore during the War of 1812. This was, of course, the event which had Francis Scott Key in circumstances that inspired him to write the poem, "The Defence of Fort McHenry," which became the National Anthem of the U.S.A. as "The Star Spangled Banner."
Also includes the Resolves of the Citizens of Baltimore in their town meeting, an account of the battle, official correspondence, and the honorable discharge of the troops.
A second edition, with 137 pages, was issued in 1889--the additional pages listing descendants of the defenders in 1814 along with a program of events commemorating the 75th anniversary.
This copy of the 1858 first printing is in a lovely Bayntun binding of full leather over boards with black border rules to both boards, gilt-stamped spine titling, two raised spine bands, gilt-dentelles, and marbled endpapers.
Ref. SABIN 317040.