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Fort McHenry National Monument

The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is the birthplace of our country’s national anthem, and was named for James McHenry, our Nation’s second Secretary of War. Following the burning of the U.S. Capitol and several other federal buildings in August 1814, British forces attacked Baltimore. Francis Scott Key, a poet-lawyer, witnessed the September 13-14 bombardment of Fort McHenry while under British guard on an American truce ship in the Patapsco River. Seeing his country’s flag still flying over the fort the next morning, he was moved to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner." Fort McHenry was first established as a national site on March 3, 1925 (43 Stat. 1109).

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