The Star-Spangled Banner over Fort McHenry (National Park Service)
This year is the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Around the country there are celebrations to mark this historic event that’s called the true end of British rule, including Baltimore’s upcoming Star-Spangled Sailabration, an international parade of more than 40 tall ships and naval vessels.
The War of 1812 is known for many things, but one of the most memorable is the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 at Fort McHenry to write the song that would become our national anthem.
Dolly Madison describes the burning of Washington, D.C.
British account of the burning of Washington, D.C.
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"War of 1812 Bicentennial Year"