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The Defence of Fort M'Henry

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:06 PM
While best known for the battle it would come to commemorate, it started as a mission of peace. Under a flag of truce, a sloop carrying two young lawyers sailed out to meet with the commanders of the attacking force, with the goal of securing the release of a local town doctor. After a cordial dinner, the Admiral agreed to return the doctor. But as they had overheard his battle plans for the coming evening, they would be "detained" until after the battle. Not that he expected much of a fight, the ships easily outranged their target. And just weeks before the mere appearance of the fleet so filled a similar fort with terror that the defenders fled and abandoned the fortifications without a fight, allowing their own capital city to be destroyed. Even if these defenders proved to be of sterner stuff, the ships would simply reduce it from a distance, and then coordinate with their already in place land forces to destroy the now trapped fleet of privateers who utilized the town's harbor as a protected base of operations.

The events that followed, would become the stuff of legends. The battles began almost 200 years ago, lead by older more seasoned warriors than the young, undisciplined defenders of the capital, the towns defenses inflicted sufficient causalities, including the death of the commanding general, during the ground attack to prevent any success while successfully retreating to stronger inner defensive lines supported by the fort. The next day, the fort itself would come under attack.  At one point bombarded constantly for over 25 hours throughout the stormy night, its garrison neither fell nor surrendered. Legend claims it never fired a shot in it's own defense but simply endured the bombardment. Come the dawn, it's huge battle flag, replacing a smaller storm ensign, defiantly greeted the attackers, symbolizing its active status as the guardian of the city.  

Moved by the sight, the lawyer, Francis Scott Key composed the poem to commemorate the events. It would be first published a few days after the battle in the local papers. He called it the Defence of Fort M'Henry. A short time after that, it would be set to the music of Anacreon in Heaven by John Stratford Smith, a popular drinking song, and come to define a nation. We know it today as the Star Spangled Banner, the National Anthem of the United States of America.



The Star Spangled Banner
by Francis Scott Key 



O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


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  • Mood: Pride
  • Listening to: Star Spangled Banner
  • Reading: War of 1812
  • Drinking: rum

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