National Museum of American History, Behring Center
Fragments of the Star Spangled Banner
Catalog #: 35573 Accession #: 93535
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History
Three wool bunting fragments with raveled edges.
These three fragments were cut from the flag that flew from Fort McHenry in 1814. This was the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner. In 1880 the fragments were presented to William Carter by Eben Appleton, the grandson of the commander of Fort McHenry. Carter, a local historian, carried the Star Spangled Banner in a parade during Baltimoreís Sesquicentennial Celebration on 13 October 1880. As the flag was being packed for shipment to New York, Appleton cut three pieces and gave them to Carter. Carterís daughter gave them to the Maryland Historical Society who donated them to the Smithsonian.
Country: United States
War: War of 1812