The War of 1812 between the Americans and British lasted for three years. Only a few weeks after the British burned Washington D.C., destroying the Capitol, the President’s House, and the Treasury, they headed toward Baltimore. The only thing that stood in their way was Fort McHenry, which lay on an island in the Chesapeake Bay.
On September 13, 1814, the fort was attacked by sixteen British ships. It seemed likely that the British would be victorious. Major George Armistead, commander of the fort, wasn’t going to give up without a fight, which went on throughout the night. The British lobbed 200-pound bombshells at the fort. The bombshells often went off in the air and the sky was red and smoky. Would the British win?
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What happened to the flag that Mary worked so hard to make?
Answer: The Armistead family owned it for many years. Sometimes they cut pieces off the flag to give to family members or honored soldiers. Eventually the flag was donated to the Smithsonian. The flag has recently undergone a renovation. The entire flag can be seen at the Smithsonian Museum.
Visit an online exhibit of the Star-Spangled Banner. Here, you’ll find pictures, games, and interesting facts about the flag.
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