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?
The low point in the War of 1812 for the United States was undoubtedly the British occupation of Washington in August of 1814. Neither Secretary of War John Armstrong nor any other high official in the government thought the capital was in jeopardy because it had no real strategic value.