The United States declared war on Britain and Ireland for a number of reasons including: the hijacking of U.S. sailors and forcing them into service aboard British ships (known as impressment); support of Indians in war against the U.S. and blockading/restricting U.S. trade with France. The British seemed to have the resources and momentum after burning down the White House and Washington D.C. in 1812. But later the U.S. had finally had some key victories in New York and New Orleans and in Baltimore. The war lasted from 1812 to 1814 when the Treaty of Ghent was signed and then ratified by Congress in 1815.
We loved our time at the Historic Site. The displays in the Visitor Center were unique as was the fantastic video of the story behind Fort McHenry and the flag.
Next we went outside and listed to a Park guide give a presentation on the flag. This was an audience-participation event and we all got into it.
First we lined up into two lines then held the flag which is an exact replica of the one being flown.
As we moved around the grounds, we went over to the old fort itself.
Fort McHenry was a great stop and we enjoyed our afternoon there!