• The Star-Spangled Banner flying over Tangier Island, VA.

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Key sees the Flag

Dolley Madison First Lady during the War of 1812

Francis Scott Key a Georgetown lawyer who wrote the National Anthem aboard a truce ship following the bombardment of Fort McHenry

George Armistead Lt. Colonel in command of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore

James Madison President during the War of 1812

Joshua Barney and his Chesapeake Bay Flotilla

Mary Pickersgill made the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what became the National Anthem

Peter Jennings, one of James Madison's slaves, helped Dolley Madison save government documents and Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington as the British prepared to burn Washington. Click here to read his biography

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Did You Know?

Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem sheet music

Francis Scott Key's patriotic song describing the bombardment of Fort McHenry was first published as a broadside in 1814. The broadside included important details on how the song came to be written and shows that it was originally titled "Defense of Fort M'Henry."