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Saturday, August 6, 2016

George Armistead

This 1914 statue of George Armistead by Edward Berge stands at Fort McHenry National Monument.
"During the War of 1812, Col. George Armistead (1779-1818) was in command of Fort McHenry when Maryland was invaded by the British on September 13 and 14, 1814. For twenty-five hours, Armistead and his men endured a heavy bombardment from the British. During the bombardment, Francis Scott Key was held on one of the enemy's ships, where he had gone on an official mission. It was on the ship's deck that he composed the verses of the 'Star Spangled Banner.' Funds for the monument were provided by the City of Baltimore and the Society of the War of 1812."

Col. George Armistead
April 10, 1779 – April 25, 1818
Commander of this Fort
During the Bombardment
by the British Fleet
Sept. 13-14 1814
War of 1812

Erected Sept. 12, 1914
 By the City of Baltimore
Soc War of 1812 contributing
In Commemoration of the Gallant
Defense of Fort McHenry
Under the command of
Col. George Armistead
which was the inspiration of the
National Anthem
The Star-Spangled Banner.

See also The Portrait Gallery: George Armistead

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