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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER – Baltimore Patriot & Evening Advertiser. Baltimore: Munroe & French, No. 54 South Street, 21 September 1814.
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER – Baltimore Patriot & Evening Advertiser. Baltimore: Munroe & French, No. 54 South Street, 21 September 1814.

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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER – Baltimore Patriot & Evening Advertiser. Baltimore: Munroe & French, No. 54 South Street, 21 September 1814.

The first obtainable printing of any portion of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The Baltimore Patriot, which the previous day had the honor to be the first to print the “Star Spangled Banner,” uses its immortal closing lines to celebrate the repulse of the British at Baltimore—the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s poem. The successful defense of Fort McHenry proved a tremendous morale boost following the rout of American forces at Bladensburg and the subsequent burning of Washington by the British. Of the failed British attempt to take Baltimore by land and sea, the editors crowed: “...It is certain their commander in chief, Gen. Ross, has paid for his cheaply earned laurels at the Capitol, with the forfeiture of his life at Baltimore. It is also well ascertained, that the invaders sustained a loss in the last affair, beyond all comparison greater than the loss of American in both. If they make another attempt, it will be a desperate one, and desperately will they be met. For ‘–The star-spangled Banner in triumph shall wave, O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” The 20 September 1814 issue of the Baltimore Patriot, which features the first, full printing of “The Star Spangled Banner” has never appeared on the market.

Two pages, 490 x 320 mm. (Marginal losses affect portions of text, tape at lower right corner). Matted and framed.

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