On Sept 13, 1814, a young attorney named Francis Scott Key boarded a British ship to free a friend who had been arrested by the British. Key got his friend released. Unfortunately, because the British were about to bombard Ft McHenry in Baltimore, they had to watch in horror as the Ft was attacked. They battle lasted until well in the night, and Francis Scott Key waited anxiously until first light to see the outcome. As the sun first rose, he saw our flag still waving. Overcome with pride, he wrote a poem called "The Defense of Ft McHenry".
Years later, it was set to music and became "The Star-Spangled Banner". In 1931, it became our National Anthem.
Now Fort McHenry is one of the most haunted forts in the United States. Park Rangers hear the sounds of foot steps in empty rooms. They see soldiers dressed in uniform still carrying guns. One black soldier was killed during the bombardment and his ghost is still witnessed patrolling the fort. Men crying, the smell of gunpowder and the sound of fife and drum have also been reported.
It seems like our past still steals moments of our present.