Greetings from Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

My cousins live in Baltimore and I’m sure I went to the fort when I was a kid, but I appreciated it much more as an adult in 2010.

Sincerely,
Tracy

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

During the War of 1812, British forces sailed to Baltimore, Maryland, intent on attacking the city. But Baltimore was defended by Fort McHenry — a star-shaped fort perfectly situated on the Baltimore Harbor. On the morning of September 13, 1814, the British navy attacked the fort for 25 hours. Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment from a ship in Baltimore harbor and expressed his gratitude and relief at the victory in a poem that became "The Star-Spangled Banner."

State(s): Maryland

Established: 1925

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