Hott knows that if there are inaccuracies in his and Garey's take on the "The War of 1812" that viewers in Baltimore and Maryland will likely be among the first to notice, given the way the war lives on here.
But, he allows, Baltimore's claim may be "more equal" because of the suffering and heroism here.
"The Battle of Baltimore really was important, because 15,000 militia and soldiers massed at North Point to back up Fort McHenry — and no other city did that," he says.
Furthermore, he says, "The fort withstood a 48-hour bombardment, and the city made a sacrifice by sinking its ships in the harbor to prevent the British from getting any closer. Plus, two heroic teenage snipers killed [British army] General [Robert] Ross, and then lost their life as a result. And the death of General Ross was humiliating and defeating to the British."
Finally, there was the suffering that Maryland residents endured.
"Maryland suffered more than most with [British Adm. George] Cockburn burning towns up and down the Chesapeake for more than year." Hott says.
"So, given the suffering and the heroic victory, yes, Baltimore and Maryland might edge out some of the other areas — just by a nose."
"The War of 1812" airs at 9 p.m. Monday on MPT, Channels 22 and 67, and other PBS stations.