Facsimile of the manuscript draft of "The Star-Spangled Banner.
First appearance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in print, September 15, 1814.
FRANCIS SCOT KEY "Through the clouds of the war the stars of that banner still shone in my view, and I saw the discomfited host of its assailants driven back in ignominy to their ships. Then, in that hour of deliverance and joyful triumph, my heart spoke; and "Does not such a country and such defenders of their country deserve a song?" was its question. With it came an inspiration not to be resisted; and even though it had been a hanging matter to make a song, I must have written it. Let the praise, then, if any be due, be given, not to me, who only did what I could not help doing, not to the writer, but to the inspirers of the song!"
AMERICAN FLAG OF 1812 WAR
AMERICAN SHIP WITH 18 GUNS CAPTURE BRITISH SHIP OF 24 GUNS
BRITISH GENERAL DRUMMOND
WAR OF 1812 BRITAIN VS AMERICA