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American Flag flew above Ft. McHenry in 1814

On this day in 1814 a British fleet bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Young Francis Scott Key paced and anxiously watched the shelling from the deck of a British ship where he was being detained. At dawn on the September 14, Key saw the American flag still flying. The Americans and Fort McHenry were still standing.

The lawyer and aspiring poet was moved by the sight and wrote a few lines beginning, “O say, can you see by the dawn’s early light…” In 1931, Congress enshrined Key’s poem, which had been sung to a popular tune, as our national anthem.

The image below is the flag that flew above Ft. McHenry in 1814.

On this day in 1814 a British fleet bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Young Francis Scott Key paced and anxiously watched the shelling from the deck of a British ship where he was being detained. At dawn on the September 14, Key saw the American flag still flying. The Americans and Fort McHenry were still standing.

The lawyer and aspiring poet was moved by the sight and wrote a few lines beginning, "O say, can you see by the dawn's early light..." In 1931, Congress enshrined Key's poem, which had been sung to a popular tune, as our national anthem.

The image below is the flag that flew above Ft. McHenry in 1814.

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