Francis Scott Key: The Star Spangled Banner
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Key they're going to bombard Fort McHenery!!!
Indeed, you may but after the bombardment.
I ask of you to release Dr. William Beanes please.
After the British went to Washington D.C and burnt the White house, their next target was Baltimore.
After Francis Scott Key's friend, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, Key travels to Baltimore to negotiate his release.
O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light.
Francis Scott Key watched from the British Bombard Fort McHenery 8 miles away.
This is very good Key.
Why thank you.
In the clearing smoke of the dawn’s early light, on September 14, he saw the American Flag flying over the fort, announcing an American victory.
Key put his thoughts on paper while still on board the ship, setting his words to the tune of a popular English song.
His brother-in-law, commander of a militia at Fort McHenry, read Key’s work and had it distributed under the name Defense of Fort M’Henry.
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