Inspired Words

Inspired Words (HM1IIL)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.352', W 76° 36.984'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

After 10 harrowing days aboard ship and witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key spent his first night ashore at the Indian Queen Tavern, September 16-17, 1814. The inn operated at this site until the 1830s.

Moved by what he had experienced two days earlier, Key used his time here to complete four stanzas for what would become American's national anthem.
First Printing-Key's manuscript first appeared as a handbill September 17. Since newspapers were suspended while pressmen helped defend the city, a teenaged apprentice set the type. The Baltimore Patriot was the first newspaper to publish Key's lyrics when it resumed operation September 20.

(Inscription beside the manuscript photo on the right) Key's handwritten text for the "Star-Spangled Banner" is at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society.

"...the song, written the night after we got back to Baltimore, in the the corner of Hanover and Market streets, was...a versified and almost literal transcript of our...hopes and apprehensions."
Eyewitness John Stuart Skinner (recounted in 1849)

Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360600 N 4350115
Decimal Degrees39.28920000, -76.61640000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.352', W 76° 36.984'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 21.12" N, 76° 36' 59.04" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 W Baltimore St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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