Rockets' Red Glare: the War, the Song, and their Legacies

More than 700,000 people every year visit Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the site that inspired our national anthem.  In this series, WYPR tells stories of the War of 1812: the people, the places, and the song.

Rockets' Red Glare is made possible by a grant from Star-Spangled 200 a national bicentennial in Maryland.

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War of 1812
4:03 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Your Maryland - "The Most Hated Man in Baltimore"

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:09 pm


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War of 1812
4:59 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Your Maryland - "The Scourge of the Chesapeake"

Rear-Admiral George Cockburn
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England

When Rear-Admiral George Cockburn of the Royal Navy arrived in the Chesapeake in the spring of 1813, he was a naval hero of sterling reputation and a household name in Britain.

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War of 1812
12:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Your Maryland - "The Burning of Havre de Grace"

Admiral Cockburn burning and plundering Havre de Grace, May 3, 1813
Credit Courtesy Brown University Library

On a beautiful morning in May 1813, the people of Havre de Grace awoke to a terrifying sight.

  

Out on the bay were the towering masts of a British fleet, and rowing toward them were landing craft filled with Redcoats. Admiral Cockburn, “the scourge of the Chesapeake,” had brought his reign of terror to the place the Marquis de Lafayette had named "Harbor of Mercy".  As his raiders swept ashore, the American militia fled, leaving only one defiant Irishman standing in their way.  This is his story.

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War of 1812
6:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

1812 Privateer Remembered at Laurel Festival

Venus Theatre owner Deb Randall acts out and talks about Barney's life as commander of a fleet of cannon-equipped barges during the War of 1812. He was a major thorn in the side of the British Navy throughout the war.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

1812 Privateer Remembered at Laurel Festival

Commander Joshua Barney made life miserable for the British Navy on the Chesapeake during the War of 1812, harassing the invaders from shallow draft barges, then retreating to shoal waters where the larger ships couldn’t pursue him.

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War of 1812
6:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

More Than A Flag

Hundreds have visited the Maryland Historical Society to add a stitch to a replica of Mary Pickersgill's 30 by 42 foot flag, finished in 1813.
Credit Fraser Smith / WYPR

More Than A Flag

The war of 1812 may be forgotten by many Americans – but not by Marylanders who now have even more reasons to celebrate its 200th anniversary. The reasons are there in three famous names: Francis Scott Key. Ft. McHenry and Mary Pickersgill.

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