Regarding your story about the ceremonial visit of two French schooners to Annapolis to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, how was Annapolis chosen as the site given that the most renowned action of that war took place in Baltimore ("2 French ships visit Md.," May 14)?

Baltimore, just a few miles further north, would have been a more suitable port, and one where our French guests could have been given an accurate picture of the war complete with the history of our National Anthem.

Certainly Gen. Robert Ross, who led the British invasion force, and who was killed by American snipers at Northpoint, would have gladly been at Annapolis — or anywhere else instead — and thus missed the action.

Dick Huffman, Timonium