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Francis Scott Key was aboard a British warship (negotiating an exchange of prisoners) during the British attack on Baltimore on the night of 7-8 September 1814 (during the War of 1812). As part of the attack, Fort McHenry was subjected to a terrific bombardment, but was not taken out. In the morning, first light revealed a US flag flying over the fort, and Key felt inspired to write the poem that later (only a few weeks later) became the the lyrics of an new American patriotic song.

(The music was an old drinking song.)

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Scott Key wrote the star spangled banner as a symbol of our victory of the wars with the british.

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