Eastern Shore 1812 Consortium
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Star Spangled Banner
Star Spangled Banner Music

Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner originally as a poem. Together with his brother-in-law Joseph Hopper Nicholson Jr. it was decided to put the poem to the music of a famous British drinking song “To Anacreon in Heaven”. This song belonged to a gentlemen’s club of musicians in London, but was well known and popular here in the early 1800’s. This music written for the Anacreotonic Society was by John Stafford Smith, and was written when he was a teenager.

There was one prominent music publishing family in Baltimore at the time, Joseph Carr and his two sons, Benjamin and Thomas. They agreed to publish the music and it was Thomas Carr who did the arrangement. These photographs are of an original copy of the first publication of the Star Spangled Banner as arranged and published by the Carr Music Publishers. The music being played on this site’s Home page and for these photographs is approximately what the music would have been like when played in the drawing rooms of Maryland homes.

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Teachers, this section of the website will enable you to download lesson plans, course materials, and other useful educational resources for your students to learn more about the War of 1812 historical events that took place on Maryland's Eastern shore.
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Brought to you by the Office of Tourism for the following Eastern Shore Maryland Counties:
Home to the British 1813 encampment on the Eastern Shore, skirmishes and attacks on Queenstown and Centreville.
Home to the attack on St. Michael’s and the home of John Leeds Kerr who initially led a regiment in the war and later became the Adjutant General responsible for recovering all payments to Maryland Militia and Privateers for expenses and losses.
Home to Caulk's Field (Aug 31, 1814) five miles west of Chestertown, one of America's best preserved War of 1812 battlefields says 1812 historian/author Scott Sheads.
Home of West Denton’s Old Harford Town Maritime Center and in 1811 the Eastern Shore’s first moveable bridge across the Choptank River.
Home to Taylor’s Island--Battle of the Ice Mound--and the single best documentation of War of 1812 Veterans burial documentation.