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Fort McHenry, Baltimore Maryland | by crabsandbeer (Kevin Moore)
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Fort McHenry, Baltimore Maryland

Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer who had come to Baltimore to negotiate the release of a civilian prisoner of war, witnessed the bombardment from a nearby truce ship. An oversized American flag had been sewn by Mary Pickersgill for exactly $405.90 in anticipation of the British attack on the fort. When Key saw the flag emerge intact in the dawn of September 14, he was so moved that he began that morning to compose the poem "The Defense of Fort McHenry" which would later be renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner" and become America's national anthem.

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Taken on February 12, 2005