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The National Anthem

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Bombardment of Fort McHenry, oil...
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Bombardment of Fort McHenry, oil on canvas by Alfred Jacob Miller, ca. 1828-1830

After witnessing the British bombard Fort McHenry, Baltimore, through the night of September 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote a poem of joy that the American flag was still flying at dawn. Set to a British melody, Key’s poem “The Star Spangled Banner” became a popular patriotic song.


Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society, 1901.2.3