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"Star-Spangled Banner"
From "Anthems of All Nations, Volume One"
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

The Star-Spangled Banner

"...still there"
This is the flag that defiantly flew above Ft. McHenry in Baltimore during the 25 hours of British bombardment on September 13-14, 1814. The flag weighs 40-45 pounds and measures 30 feet by 34 feet. Its ragged "fly edge" results from damage caused by the wind and snipping of pieces of the flag for treasured mementos. Although clipping a flag seems unusual today, in the 1800s taking pieces from historic flags was an accepted practice.

American cotton and English wool bunting
15 five-pointed stars of white cotton
15 stripes (eight red, seven white) of wool bunting
Hand-sewn by Mary Pickersgill of Baltimore, July-August 1813

Learn more!
· Star-Spangled Banner
· The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem, NMAH Website
· The Stars and Stripes
· Star-Spangled Banner recording

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