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This is the first known photograph of the American flag taken on June 21, 1873 by George Henry Preble. The flag was flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during an infamous battle between the British and the United States during the War of 1812. The reason the attack on Fort McHenry is forever ingrained in the history books is because Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer witnessing the attack, wrote a poem about it. The poem, originally called “The Defense of Fort McHenry” but was later renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and became the United States’ national anthem. 

This is the first known photograph of the American flag taken on June 21, 1873 by George Henry Preble. The flag was flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during an infamous battle between the British and the United States during the War of 1812. The reason the attack on Fort McHenry is forever ingrained in the history books is because Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer witnessing the attack, wrote a poem about it. The poem, originally called “The Defense of Fort McHenry” but was later renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and became the United States’ national anthem. 

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    Cool picture
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    The original “Star Spangled Banner” that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Photographed in 1873.
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