From Fort McHenry to Hampstead Hill, Captain George Stiles and the First Marine Artillery of the Union were key participants in the defense of Baltimore.
In Baltimore’s War of 1812 military annals, no other naval or military corps equaled the services of veteran sea captain George Stiles and his Fells Point naval militia corps, the First Marine Artillery of the Union. They were hailed as the “strong right arm” in the defense preparations of Fort McHenry and the city’s approaches. Hezekiah Niles, editor of Niles’ Weekly Register , described Stiles as having a “countenance . . . marked with traits of intelligence and energy with standing as a ship-master and ship-owner . . . with the sound principles of science . . . life of public spirit, of open patriotism and fervent benevolence . . . without wishing to disparage the great services of many brave men . . . Capt. Stiles did more than any other man to serve Baltimore.” 1