The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner Author:Natalie Miller The Story of the — Star-Spangled Banner — The Widow Pickersgill made it. Her daughter Caroline helped her, because the flag with its fifteen stars must be flying over Fort McHenry befor the British fleet attacked it. It was August 24, 1814, in Baltimore. — So begins the story in which Francis Scott Key and his friend, John Skinner, slip out of th... more »e harbor in a small boat flying a white flag. Their mission is to intercept the British flagship and beg for the release of Dr. William Beanes, who is a prisoner of war.
This is the story of the dramatic events that led a man to write a poem and of what has happened to it.« less