Fort Howard is an unincorporated community in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. Located on the geographic "North Point" at the confluence of the lower Patapsco River which flows into the Chesapeake Bay and the Back River which form the shores of the "Patapsco Neck" peninsula. To the west also is "Old Roads Bay". The peninsula was settled beginning in the 1660s by families with various land grants from King Charles I and the lord proprietor of the colony Province of Maryland, Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, (1605-1675), and his brother Leonard Calvert, (1606-1647), who served as the first governor. It is the location of Fort Howard, a former military establishment from the late 1890s to World War I and the site of a British Army and Royal Navy landing during the War of 1812 to attack Baltimore and the Battle of North Point on September 12, 1814 (celebrated as a city, county and state holiday as "Defenders' Day") and later the bombardment of Fort McHenry, September 13-14th, 1814.