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Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry, former U.S. military post in Baltimore harbor; built 1794–1805. In the War of 1812 it was bombarded (Sept. 13–14, 1814) by a British fleet under Sir Alexander Cochrane, but the fort, commanded by Maj. George Armistead, resisted the attack. Its defense inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the Civil War the fort was a Union prison camp. Restored in 1933, it became Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (see National Parks and Monuments, table).
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History lovers should make the effort to go to the Fort McHenry National Monument. It was the successful defence of this fort in the US versus Britain war of 1812 that inspired the writing of the America's national anthem - the Star-Spangled Banner.
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