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

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, 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?

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

The Battle of Bladensburg in August 1814 was the only battle in American history where the President, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of State were all present. The Americans lost.