By Michael Burgan
As American troops in fortress McHenry effectively fended off assaults from the British military through the conflict of 1812, Francis Scott Key was once encouraged to put in writing The Star-Spangled Banner, a poem that finally shaped the lyrics of the yankee nationwide anthem. castle McHenry's brilliant presentation and highlighted basic resources illustrate the fort's important position within the struggle of 1812, supplying the context for the nation's most famed tune and explaining the significance of the fortress as a countrywide monument.
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Extra resources for Fort McHenry (Symbols of American Freedom)
They were built after 1814 to protect the fort’s soldiers from These large guns brought to Fort McHenry shortly after the Civil War can be seen by visitors today just outside the fort. indd 37 8/10/09 8:37 PM H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H FORT MCHENRY H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H The Banner Then and Now In 1813, Major Armistead hired Mary Pickersgill to sew a flag for Fort McHenry. She and her 13-year-old daughter, Caroline, along with two nieces and a servant, made both the storm flag and the larger banner that flew on September 14, 1814.
Fort McHenry. New York: Rosen Publishing, 2002. Schultz, Randy. Washington Ablaze: The War of 1812. : Rourke Publishing, 2007. indd 46 9/3/09 11:52:45 AM H H H H H H H H H H H H Index The abbreviation ill. stands for illustration, and ills. stands for illustrations. Page references to illustrations and maps are in italic type. American Flag Foundation 42, 43 American Revolution 9, 10 “Anacreon in Heaven” (song) 29 Armistead, George 20, 24, 28, 38; ill. 22 Artillery 20, 24, 26, 33; ill. 21 damage from 22 gunners, job of 21 Rodman guns 39 Baltimore (Maryland) 10, 20, 21–22, 28; maps 16, 23 history of 9 slavery, support for 33 Baltimore, Battle of 23–27, 28, 41 Baltimore Harbor 4, 28, 32, 35; ill.
Reed received permission to spend time away from the fort and study in Baltimore. He took classes at Johns Hopkins Hospital and studied the various causes of disease. Reed left Baltimore in 1882 but returned in 1890 and did more research. He later traveled to Cuba and helped explain how mosquitoes cause the disease yellow fever. S. , is named for him. Bay. The country was also less likely to be attacked by sea than it had been in 1812. The United States was building a powerful navy that could defend its shores.