The Star Spangled Banner

On September 14, 1814, 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key began writing a poem he called “Defence of Fort M’Henry” after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag known as the Star-Spangled Banner flying triumphantly above … Continue reading The Star Spangled Banner