War of 1812 (detail of painting 'A View of The Bombardment of Fort Mchenry' by John Bower)

Star-Spangled Banner

The following month, British forces attacked Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. After twenty-five hours of bombarding the fort, they were unable to gain control. Watching the battle from a British ship where he was being detained, American lawyer Francis Scott Key watched the bombs bursting in air and penned a poem that, when set to music, eventually became the United States National Anthem.

Image of the Star-Spangled Banner as it appears today.
A View of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry, by J. Bower, 1816

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