Fort McHenry

Photo Opp ~ Fort McHenry is a historical American coastal pentagonal bastion fort located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy from the Chesapeake Bay on September 13–14, 1814. It was first built in 1798 and was used continuously by the U.S. armed forces through World War I and by the Coast Guard in World War II. During the War of 1812 an American storm flag, 17 by 25 feet was flown over Fort McHenry during the bombardment. It was replaced early on the morning of September 14, 1814 with a larger American garrison flag, 30 by 42 feet. That American flag had been sewn by Mary Pickersgill in anticipation of the British attack on the fort. The larger flag signaled American victory over the British in the Battle of Baltimore. The sight of the ensign inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry” that was later set to the tune “To Anacreon in Heaven” and became known as “The Star Spangled Banner”, the national anthem of the United States.

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Fort McHenry 18lb Cannon Battery used to defend Baltimore Harbor from an attack.
The Garrison Flag rises over Fort McHenry as visitors help with the raising of the large flag known as “The Star-Spangled Banner”


Fort McHenry 18lb Cannon peers out into Baltimore Harbor waiting for action.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

N 39° 15′ 47″ W 76° 34′ 48″

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