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Cassadaga Historian explains ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ history

August 21, 2014
Observer Today

JAMESTOWN - Cassadaga historian John Sipos recently spoke at the Jamestown Daughters of American Revolution patriotic luncheon. He explained about events nearly 200 years ago which led to the lawyer Francis Scott Key composing a poem that became the lyrics to the "Star Spangled Banner." The American flag flown over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 was the 15-star, 15-stripe flag, the official U.S. flag from 1794 until 1818. This flag, sewn by Mary Pickersgill, a Baltimore flag maker, was 30 feet by 42 feet

 
 

 

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