Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Incidental Cause of the Star-Spangled Banner (1814)
By August 30, 1814, the British had retraced their invasion route to Benedict and were back on board their ships headed for Baltimore and the siege of Fort McHenry. Although his fellow prisoners were released, Dr. Beanes remained captive on board a British ship that proceeded to Baltimore Harbor. Francis Scott Key came aboard the same ship in an attempt to negotiate the release of Dr. Beanes, his family friend and physician. While witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry on September 13 and September 14, 1814, Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner.
Location. 38° 56.109′ N, 76° 56.323′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dinosaur Alley (a few steps from this marker); Clearing the Way to Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) (within shouting distance of this marker); Duels and the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park - Port Town History (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Ropemaking (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Telegraph Line (1844) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of The handwritten words of Francis Scott Key. In the center is a portrait of Francis Scott Key and on the upper right is a drawing depicting the siege of Fort McHenry. A map in the center shows the approaches to Baltimore, with the locations of Fort McHenry and the ship from which Key witnessed the bombardment. On the lower right is a map of eastern Maryland indicting the locations of Baltimore, Washington, Upper Marlboro, and Benedict.
Also see . . . Dr. William Beanes, the Incidental Cause of the Authorship of the Star-Spangled Banner. By Caleb Clarke Magruder Jr. Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington D.C., Vol. 22, (1919), pp. 207-225. (Submitted on October 26, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Topics. This marker is included War of 1812
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,471 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 8, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.