• The Garrison Flag flies over Fort McHenry.

    Fort McHenry

    National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland

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James McHenry

James McHenry

James McHenry

A soldier, physician, and politician who was one ot several foreign-born signers of the Constitution, McHenry served as a surgeon and as an aide to Washington and Lafayette during the War for Independence; sat in the Maryland legislature and the Continental Congress; and held the position of Secretary of War in the Washington and John Adams administrations. Baltimore's Fort McHenry was named after him.

For more information:
James McHenry, Soldier-Statesman

Did You Know?

Pvt. William Williams, U.S. Artillery

Pvt. William Williams, a run-away slave, joined the U.S. Artillery and defended Fort McHenry. He was severely wounded during the battle and died two weeks later.