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Legacy of War

 
 
Legacy of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2014
1. Legacy of War Marker
Inscription. On August 24, 1814, the British brought the war to the streets of Washington. After soundly defeating the Americans at nearby Bladensburg, enemy soldiers invaded the Nation's Capital—burning the President's House, U.S. Capitol, and other public buildings.

Anticipating Baltimore would be next, Americans rallied to its defense. When smoke cleared from the British assault there September 14, Francis Scott Key saw the American flag flying over Fort McHenry. The sign of victory inspired Key to write the "Star-Spangled Banner," immortalizing the flag in words that became America's national anthem.

The flag that represented America's pride and resilience in the War of 1812 is exhibited here—an enduring symbol of the nation's identity and ideals.

"And our star-spangled banner
In triumph shall wave
O're the Land of the Free,
and the Home of the Brave.

 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 53.478′ N, 77° 1.803′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Click for map. The marker is in front of the National Museum of American History on the National Mall. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Legacy of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2014
2. Legacy of War Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Keeping it Green (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Workers to Environment (about 400 feet away); The Division (about 700 feet away); Our Tax Dollars (about 800 feet away); Completing the Triangle (approx. 0.2 miles away); U. S. Post Office Department (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colossal Head 4 (replica) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arts and Artists (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
British Burn The Capitol, 1814 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2014
3. British Burn The Capitol, 1814
Depiction of British Invasion of Washington by Allyn Cox (1974)
Close-up of image on marker
Architect of the Capitol
The Star-Spangled Banner image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2014
4. The Star-Spangled Banner
Loaned to the Smithsonian in 1907 by the grandson of Fort McHenry's commander, the original flag was photographed hanging outside the Smithsonian Castle. It was officially donated in 1912.
Close-up of photo on marker
Smithsonian Institution
You Are Here<br>The Star Spangled Banner Trail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2014
5. You Are Here
The Star Spangled Banner Trail
Close-up of map on marker
15-Star, 15-Stripe Flag image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2014
6. 15-Star, 15-Stripe Flag
Behind José de Rivera's "Measuring Infinity" sculpture at the National Museum of American History
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 7, 2016.
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