Dundalk's Neglected War of 1812 Monuments
July 6, 2013 at 9 am: What better way to spend part of your July 4th weekend than to honor those who gave their lives defending our country during the War of 1812, Our Countries Second War for Independence.

We would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all 20 Clean Bread and Cheese Creek Volunteers who arrived today despite the intense heat to clean up the War of 1812 monuments of Battle Acre, the Methodist Meeting House Monument and North Point Battlefield Park. Two pickup trucks full of overgrowth and several bags of trash were removed. Invasive crabgrass was removed from the sidewalk and brick work surrounding the monuments, vines and trees growing through the wrought iron fences were removed, stumps were dug up and mulch was put down around the Methodist Meeting House Monument. All the organic material was taken to the dump to be turned into free mulch for Baltimore County Residents. After removing all the overgrowth at the Methodist Meeting House Monument we made an amazing discovery – A cement flagpole holder which is part of the monument and had been buried beneath the dirt and weeds so long none of our group had ever seen it before! Although we got a lot done, we still have more work to do at all of these monuments so watch for future events. Thank you again volunteers we couldn’t have done it without you!! No Veteran or Soldier who has given their lives defending our Country should ever be forgotten, no matter who long ago that sacrifice was made!

We met at Battle Acre Monument on North Point Road to remove all the trash, weeds and over growth then moved onto the second monument where the Methodist Meeting House stood (across the street from Poor Boys). The Methodist meeting house was the headquarters for the British before the Battle of North Point and quickly became a field hospital for both sides after the battle began. After this we will proceed to Battle Monument Park to remove more trash from these hallowed grounds.

These citizen soldiers died defending our country and should be honored properly. If they had not stood their ground, both Fort McHenry and Baltimore would have burned as Washington D.C. did earlier in the war.

Note: We will not be making any modifications or repairs to these historic monuments themselves, we will only be removing weeds, trash and overgrowth

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