O Say Can You See?

O Say Can You See? (HM11N)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 15.79', W 76° 34.753'

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If you had been standing on this rampart with the American gunners on the morning of September 14, 1814, you would have had a close-up view of the dramatic scene Francis Scott Key described in our National Anthem.

About two miles downstream, half way to the large Francis Scott Key Bridge visible today, the British fleet had gathered to attack Fort McHenry. A few enemy ships sailed in closer by turns to fire their bombs and rockets. Francis Scott Key watched from the deck of a truce ship at the fleet's rear—behind the modern bridge. Above and behind you, the famous flag waved gallantly in the breeze.

Many doubt that Key could have seen the flag from such a distance. Remember, however, that it was large, and that Key probably watched through a spyglass. Also, the colors of the bright-starred banner could have shone brilliantly when lit by flashing explosives during the overcast night, and later, by the first rays of dawn.
HM NumberHM11N
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Fort McHenry series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 2:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363757 N 4347169
Decimal Degrees39.26316667, -76.57921667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.79', W 76° 34.753'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 47.40" N, 76° 34' 45.18" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1483 Constellation Plaza, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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