War of 1812
Star-Spangled Sailabration: The Fort McHenry Guard, performing as the U.S. Corps of Artillery stand back after firing a 6-pound cannon as the U.S.S. Fort McHenry leads the flotilla of ships past Fort McHenry.The tall ships arrived in Baltimore Wednesday for the start of Star-Spangled Sailabration, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Sep. 13, 1814: Francis Scott Key penned a poem which was later set to music and in 1931 became America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The poem, originally titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812.