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Each rocket could be aimed up to a degree angle, because Congreve found that the angle that offered the maximum range lay between 50 and 55 degrees. For the Chesapeake campaign, which led to the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Royal Marine Artillery troops fired pound rockets to harass American towns up and down the coast and even burn down houses. Congreve rockets were the terror weapon of the war, and the British deployed them widely in the United States, from Maine to New Orleans.
They were also used in battles fought in Canada. In late August , Congreve rockets had so terrified the untrained recruits at the battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, that they fled upon hearing the terrible hissing sounds of the burning rockets that flew wildly toward them.
President James Madison and a few of his Cabinet members watched the scene on horseback from a few feet away; then they too wisely fled. According to contemporary reports, rockets were aimed into the stacks of law books and other combustibles that had been piled against the building. Here, the British were not so lucky. Captain Bartholomew attempted to deluge the fort— to rockets were fired over the hour assault—but the defending American guns were too brisk. They may still lie deep beneath the waters not far from Fort McHenry. As they snaked toward their targets, the rockets emitted gray smoke trails, and their exhaust flames—orange, not red—were almost certainly not visible from a distance.
After the rockets were introduced by the British, dozens of other countries formed their own rocket troops and rocket establishments. Subscribe or Give a Gift.
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