Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Pivotal Battle
Francis Scott Key witnessed the 25-hour bombardment. At "dawn's early light" on September 14th, the shelling stopped; the British attack had failed. As the enemy fleet withdrew down the Patapsco River, the defenders hoisted a huge 30x42-foot American flag. The sight of the flag inspired Key to write the words that would become America's national anthem.
"And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave, O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave." Third stanza "The Star Spangled Banner"
The Star Spangled Banner, circa 1913 Percy Moran
Throughout Baltimore you can find links to people and events that helped turn the tide of the War of 1812:
* Maryland Historical Society Museum -- 1812 exhibits; original manuscript of "The Star Spangled Banner"
* Inner Harbor Visitor Center -- Exhibits; information about Baltimore War of 1812 sites
* Here at Fort McHenry National Monument
* Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum -- Programs about the flag that inspired the national anthem
* Fells Point Visitor Center, 1724-26 Thames Street -- Self guiding walking tour brochure of historic seaport
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 15.925′ N, 76° 34.757′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from E. Fort Avenue. Touch for map. At the visitors center, Fort McHenry. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Armistead (about 400 feet away); O'er the Ramparts We Watch! (about 400 feet away); Evolution of Fort McHenry (about 500 feet away); Preservation of Earthworks (about 500 feet away); Remember 1814 (about 500 feet away); Allegiance by Force (about 600 feet away); The Ravelin (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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