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A Pivotal Battle

 
 
A Pivotal Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
1. A Pivotal Battle Marker
Inscription. British ships launched an attack on Fort McHenry early on September 13, 1814. The fort defended the water approach to the city of Baltimore. The future of the city and possibly the United States depended on the outcome. After the American defeat at Bladensburg, and the British capture and partial burning of Washington, D.C. a loss here would be devastating.

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"

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The Star Spangled Banner, circa 1913 Percy Moran

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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
War in the Chesapeake image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. War in the Chesapeake
During the War of1812 the young United States was embroiled in conflict with Great Britain. From 1812 to 1815 Americans fought to protect their rights and economic independence. They faced superior enemy forces on the homefront and the high seas.

The strategically important Chesapeake Bay region felt the brunt of the war, choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids. The events in this region were crucial to the outcome ofthe war.

Though there was no clear victor at the end ofthe war, the United States protected its democracy and emergedwith heightened stature on the world stage.
and Historic Shrine -- Tour the visitor center (exhibits and film); explore the grounds and daily activities
* 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
 
O! say can you see image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. O! say can you see
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Along the trail you'll encounter tangible evidence of the war and stories that bring people and events to life. Discover the far-reaching impacts of the war on this country and the world.

Explore the Trail

* Drive through rural landscapes and historic communities
* Paddle or cruise waterways where British and American Troops once traveled
* Witness battles at reenactment events
* Hike or bike trails with stops at historic sites and scenic overlooks
* Join in commemorative events throughout the region
A Pivotal Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
4. A Pivotal Battle Marker
The marker is part of a 3 panel kiosk.
The Star Spangled Banner, 1912 by Percy Moran image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2016
5. The Star Spangled Banner, 1912 by Percy Moran
"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"

This 1912 painting by Edward Percy Moran hangs in the Star Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
Star Spangled Banner Trail Map<br>You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
6. Star Spangled Banner Trail Map
You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 2, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on December 2, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on August 9, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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