Fourteen mile outside of Baltimore at North Point, British General Robert Ross landed his 4,500 troops. 3,200 militia and six cannon under the command of General John Stricker were sent by Samuel Smith to delay the British advance. While they were unsuccessful in stopping the British advance, the British paid a high price for victory, suffering 340 casualties. Ross himself was killed in the skirmish by a sharpshooter.
During the battle, the Americans lost 163 killed and wounded with 200 captured as compared to the British casualties of 46 killed and 273 wounded. While a tactical defeat, the Battle of North Point considered a strategic victory for the Americans. The battle allowed Samuel Smith to complete his preparations for defending the city. Today the Battle of North Point is commemorated by the Maryland state holiday known as Defenders Day.