Jean Michel (Michael) Jamart (1780-1860)– An Old Defender of Baltimore

On February 5, 1860, Michael Jamart, a native of Paris, France died at the age of eighty, in Baltimore, one of the Old Defenders’ of Baltimore of 1814.

Mr. Jamart arrived in Maryland onboard the French seventy-four ship-of-the-line L’Eole in 1806, the ship having been nearly dismasted in a gale off the Virginia seaboard. The ship was towed to Baltimore from Annapolis, where under the direction of a French official was condemned and sold at auction, her armament of cannon were stored in a Fell’s Point warehouse. In 1813 the U.S. Government purchased the 18- and 36-pounder naval guns and mounted them at Fort McHenry, where they defied the British navy  during the War of 1812.

Mr. Jamart became an American citizen and enlisted in Captain Philip B. Sadtler’s rifle company, the Baltimore Yagers, 5th Maryland Regiment, who fought at the Battle of Bladensburg (August 24) and North Point (Sept. 12) in 1814.

After the war he became a “French Restorateur” at No. 40 Water Street near Gay, opposite the Exchange, offering “the delicacies of the French Restaurants.” As proprietor of the Exchange Coffee House, he continued his militia service as an officer with the Independent Blues until old age compelled him to decline his service.

He is buried in Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore.

Source: Baltimore Patriot, September 9, 1830; The Sun, February 6, 1860.

Published in: on May 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Thank you for a wonderful blog… So packed full of great information. Is there a plan for a celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Battle of North Point and Fort McHenry? Also is there an email I might use to submit to you a picture and biography of Captain Sadtler?

    • Cindy:
      It has been some time since you posted your reply (June 2011) to my War of 1812 blog. Due to the large volume of responses I have received I found it nearly impossible to answer all and keep up with my research for this blog and my other publications. I was intrigued by your mention of Captain Philip Benjamin Sadtler (1771-1860) of the Baltimore Yagers. Since your reply I have been busy researching the history of individual militia companies and any assistance with the Captain would help.
      Though the big story of Fort McHenry and the Flag is important I find after 32 years it is the smaller stories like Captain Sadtler and others who are really interesting – for without their contribution and other lesser known figures the big story we all remember would not have any substance.

      Are you related to Captain Sadtler and do you know where he is buried.

      Scott Sheads
      Historian, Fort McHenry

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