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During the War of 1812, the British military conducted a sea and land campaign against the port city of Baltimore, MD, between September 12-15, 1814. The "Battle of Baltimore" saw British and American forces clash at North Point [1.52 MB PDF], Hampstead Hill, and Fort McHenry.
Francis Scott Key witnessed the 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry and was inspired to write the poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry." Better known as the "Star Spangled Banner," Key's poem became the U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.
Today, census statistics help tell the story of the War of 1812 and its impact on the United States. Learn more about the nation and the War of 1812 from the following links:
Are you interested in ideas for teaching about the War of 1812 in your classroom? The Maryland State Archives has a wealth of primary documents and lesson plan suggestions highlighting the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the War of 1812!
Many 1790-1810 census records were destroyed when the British burned Washington, DC, on August 24, 1814. When researching members of the U.S. military who served in the War of 1812, genealogists may be able to find information using the 1840 Census of Pensioners [PDF 16.3MB] and military records at the National Archives. To learn more about these records, read Genealogical Records of the War of 1812.
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