Contrary to what some Baltimoreans may believe, there was more to the War of 1812 than what happened at North Point and Fort McHenry. On August 19, 1812, the U.S. frigate Constitution took on the British frigate Guerriere in the first major naval battle of the war (the Constitution won, earning its nickname Old Ironsides and a permanent berth, upon retirement, on the Boston waterfront). The U.S. Navy will celebrate that victory with patriotic music (courtesy of the U.S. Navy Band), military pageantry and living history presentations. The program will end with a flag raising and the firing of the fort's large evening gun.
-- Chris Kaltenbach