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Fort McHenry National Monument
Fort McHenry National Monument encompasses over 43 acres of land on the Locust Point peninsula, near the opening of Baltimore Harbor.
The star-shaped brick fort, built between 1799 and 1802, housed the United States Army's enlisted men, quarters for the Commanding Officer, quarters for the Junior Officers, a guardhouse and the Powder Magazine. Fort McHenry was named after James McHenry, the second Secretary of War.
Francis Scott Key was inspired to write a poem entitled "The Star-Spangled Banner," when he saw an American flag flying after the British attack on Maryland during the War of 1812. This later because the national anthem of the United States.
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