Flag of Baltimore

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Baltimore, Maryland
Flag of the City of Baltimore
Design Paly of six Or and sable, a bend counterchanged, on an inescutcheon Sable, within an orle of the first, a representation of Baltimore's Battle Monument Argent.

The flag of the city of Baltimore features the "Battle Monument", a local civic monument erected 1815-1825, (the first war monument to common soldiers and officers erected in America) designed by recent French émigré architect J. Maximilian M. Godefroy, 1765-1838) in the center of the now downtown business district at the former Courthouse Square (at North Calvert Street, between East Fayette and East Lexington Streets) to veterans of the War of 1812 during the British Royal Navy and King's Army attack in the Battle of Baltimore on September 12-14, 1814, on the city with the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the Battle of North Point (southeast of the city in rural Baltimore County) along with the subsequent siege at the fortifications on Loudenschlager's Hill (now Hampstead Hill in modern Patterson Park in East Baltimore) which is also the central motif on the city's seal with the date of the city's incorporation of 1797 - "port-of-entry" established 1706, town founded and laid out 1729, resolution of General Assembly of Maryland approved and taking effect December 31, 1796 with government elected and organized the following year), then as independent city separated from surrounding Baltimore County, according to provisions of second Maryland Constitution of 1851). The field is in the Calvert family colors and design, which also appear in the first and fourth quarters of the Maryland state flag.

The flag is blazoned as follows: Paly of six Or and sable, a bend counterchanged, on an inescutcheon Sable, within an orle of the first, a representation of Baltimore's Battle Monument Argent. Two other designs were submitted for consideration; both included the battle monument and the Calvert arms.[1]

Respondents to a 2004 survey sponsored by the North American Vexillological Association rated the Baltimore city flag 7.46 on a 10-point scale, making it the 18th best American city flag in the 150 flag survey of American cities.[2]

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