For three years the young United States was embroiled in the War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Bay region felt the brunt of it, choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids. Through sites and landscapes in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and throughout Maryland, the Trail tells the stories of the events, people, and places that led to the birth of our National Anthem.
O! Say Can You See? . . . The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake
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Learn more about the history of the trail, War of 1812 on the Chesapeake, and the writing of the National Anthem.
Last updated: March 5, 2018