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John Skinner's Front Row Seat in History

John Skinner observed the bombardment of Fort McHenry firsthand alongside Francis Scott Key. It was Skinner who actually led the negotiated release of Dr. Beanes. John Skinner was a young Maryland lawyer and had served for a time with Joshua Barney. 265 more words


Commodore Rodgers' Long Naval Career

Commodore Rodgers was the senior naval officer at the Battle of Baltimore. He grew up in Havre de Grace at the north end of the Chesapeake Bay. 248 more words


Armistead's Report & PTSD

Major George Armistead performed well as the Commander of Fort McHenry during the British bombardment in 1814. He was from Virginia and was one of five brothers who served in the war of 1812. 126 more words


Cannon Breech Failure at Fort McHenry

On Saturday we took in the sights and sounds of the celebration at Fort McHenry for the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.  One feature of the event was cannon firing. 415 more words

War Of 1812

Read All About It!

It was 200 years ago on September 17, 1814 that a little shop in Baltimore first printed the words of what would become our National Anthem.   393 more words


The Power of Poetry

Two days after the Battle of Baltimore ended, the British finally released Francis Scott Key, John Skinner and Dr. Beanes, 200 years ago today! It was a Friday afternoon in 1814. 243 more words


Baltimore takes center stage

The party’s over but the memories of the Star Spangled Spectacular linger on. The Battle of Baltimore and our national anthem’s bicentennial has been properly feted with fireworks, music, Tall Ships, Blue Angels and naval ships. 512 more words