Excerpt: The Dawn's Early Light by Walter Lord

As the Battle of Baltimore drew to a close, an American flag was raised—and the national anthem was born.

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The Dawn's Early Light

By Walter Lord

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  • A engraving of the attack on Fort McHenry

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He looked at the flag on the fort again, and it was about now that the turbulent, fervent thoughts racing through his mind began to take poetic shape. 

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  • Sheet music for "The Star-Spangled Banner," dated from 1814: Shortly after the poem was written, it was set to the tune "The Anacreon in Heaven."

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