Story of the American Flag; With Patriotic Selections and Incidents

Story of the American Flag; With Patriotic Selections and Incidents

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... a prominent citizen of Maryland, who had been j arrested in his home in upper Marlboro charged with some j offense, real or fancied, was carried off a prisoner. It was to secure-the liberation of this gentleman, his ll neighbor and friend, that Francis Scott Key obtained leave of the President to go to the British Admiral under a flag of truce. He was conveyed by the cartel boat used for the purpose of exchanging prisoners and accompanied by the flag officer. of the government. They proceeded down the bay from Baltimore and found the British fleet at the mouth of the Potomac. Mr. Key was courteously received by Admiral Cochrane; but he was not encouraged as to the success of the mission until letters from the English oflicers wounded at Bladensburg and left in the care of the Americans were de ' livered to thelfriends on the fleet to whom they had written.--These bore such testimony to the kindness with which they had been treated that it was finally agreed that Dr. _-Beanes should be released-; but, as an advance upon Baltih more was about to be made it was required that the party of Americans should remain under the guard on board their own vessel until these operations were concluded. Thus it was that, the night of the 14th of December, I814, Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry, which his song was to render forever illustrious. He did not quit the deck the long night through. With his single companion, the flag officer, he watched every shell from the moment it was fired until it fell, "listening with breathless interest to hear if an explosion followed." HENRY WATTERSON. Chief Justice Taney, Mr. Key's brother-in-law, says, "The scene which he describes, and the warm spirit of patriotism which...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236795628
  • 9781236795625