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O Say Can You See?

 
 
O Say Can You See Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
1. O Say Can You See Marker
Inscription.  If you had been standing on this rampart with the American gunners on the morning of September 14, 1814, you would have had a close-up view of the dramatic scene Francis Scott Key described in our National Anthem.

About two miles downstream, half way to the large Francis Scott Key Bridge visible today, the British fleet had gathered to attack Fort McHenry. A few enemy ships sailed in closer by turns to fire their bombs and rockets. Francis Scott Key watched from the deck of a truce ship at the fleet’s rear—behind the modern bridge. Above and behind you, the famous flag waved gallantly in the breeze.

Many doubt that Key could have seen the flag from such a distance. Remember, however, that it was large, and that Key probably watched through a spyglass. Also, the colors of the bright-starred banner could have shone brilliantly when lit by flashing explosives during the overcast night, and later, by the first rays of dawn.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicForts or Castles
Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
2. Map on Marker
War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 39° 15.79′ N, 76° 34.753′ W. Marker was in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker could be reached from Fort Avenue. Marker is inside the Fort. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Dawn's Early Light (here, next to this marker); The Great Guns of the Fort... The Rodman Cannons (a few steps from this marker); Experimental Carriages (a few steps from this marker); You Can Help Save Fort McHenry (a few steps from this marker); Outer Battery (a few steps from this marker); Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire (within shouting distance of this marker); Ravelin Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproofs (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Marker at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
3. Marker at Fort McHenry
Marker at the Bastion image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
4. Marker at the Bastion
Francis Scott Key Bridge over Patapsco River image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
5. Francis Scott Key Bridge over Patapsco River
Bridge is part of I-695.
View of the Potapsco River image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
6. View of the Potapsco River
Looking from the bastion toward the Key Bridge. British warships bombarded Fort McHenry from a position in the middle of view.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,075 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 18, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on August 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on September 18, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   6. submitted on August 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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