The Story Behind the National Anthem

1.  They were States and not colonies.

2.  Fort McHenry not Fort Henry.  There would have been very few women or children in the Fort as described in the piece.  Probably a few drummer boys and Officer’s wives.  A laundress and seamstress, perhaps.  Probably a few slaves.

3.  19 ships….not hundreds

4.  We weren’t fighting the the British for independence nor were the Brits fighting us for dominance. It was a war over commerce and British support of the Natives out West.

5.  Had Fort McHenry fallen, the people would not have become British citizens.

6.  The British Commander would have understood American unwillingness to surrender. Fort McHenry was a bastion. It was strong. Cannon balls would not have taken that Fort alone. The British would have had to storm it with troops to have taken it.

7.  The Brits actually called off the attack after several unsuccessful maneuvers to get around Fort McHenry’s defenses.

8.  The attack was aimed at taking Baltimore.

9.  God had nothing to do with it. 12,000 fighting men in built up fighting defenses and a huge Fort was what protected the city and that Flag.

That’s just off the top of my head without fact checking stringently.

This kind of inaccurate nonsense is exactly what Glenn Beck did on his Fox Talk  Show.  Half lies, half truths and outright lies.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Glen Beck produced this nonsense.


2 comments on “The Story Behind the National Anthem

  1. The attack on Fort McHenry cost Armistead’s garrison 4 killed and 24 wounded. British losses were around 330 killed, wounded, and captured, most of which occurred during the ill-fated attempt to move up the Middle Branch. The successful defense of Baltimore coupled with victory at the Battle of Plattsburgh aided in restoring American pride after the burning of Washington DC and bolstered the nation’s bargaining position at the Ghent peace talks.

    The battle is best remembered for inspiring Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner. Detained aboard the ship Minden, Key had gone to meet with the British to secure the release of Dr. William Beanes who had been arrested during the attack on Washington. Having overhead the British attack plans, Key was forced to remain with the fleet for the duration of the battle. Moved to write during the fort’s heroic defense, he composed the words to an old drinking song entitled To Anacreon in Heaven. Initially published after the battle as the Defense of Fort McHenry, it eventually became known as the Star-Spangled Banner and was made the National Anthem of the United States.

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