After landing near the present day Fort Howard near Edgemere, British troops marched toward Baltimore. In order not to be surprised by an attack, an attachment of American troops was sent out to find and engage the British. Approximately halfway between the British landing point and Hampstead Hill, the Battle of North Point was fought. The British suffered a strategic loss with the killing of their commanding general, Robert Ross. While more British were killed than Americans, the outnumbered Americans were forced to retreat from the battle field by the end of the day preferring to fight the decisive battle at the heavily armed and fortified Hampstead Hill.