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Star Spangled Banner

The national anthem of the United States of America.

PUBLISHED: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Oct 1, 2011 • LESSON CODE: UL422 • VISITS: 22

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: holiday

**The Star-Spangled Banner **is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, a then 35-year-old amateur poet who wrote Defence of Fort McHenry after seeing the bombardment of Fort McHenry at Baltimore, Maryland, by Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812.

On September 3, 1814, following the Burning of Washington and the Raid on Alexandria, Francis Scott Key and John Stuart Skinner set sail from Baltimore aboard the ship HMS Minden, flying a flag of truce on a mission approved by President James Madison. Their objective was to secure the exchange of prisoners, one of whom was Dr. William Beanes, the elderly and popular town physician of Upper Marlboro and a friend of Key's who had been captured in his home. Beanes was accused of aiding the arrest of British soldiers. Key and Skinner boarded the British flagship HMS Tonnant on September 7 and spoke with Major General Robert Ross and Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane over dinner while the two officers discussed war plans. At first, Ross and Cochrane refused to release Beanes, but relented after Key and Skinner showed them letters written by wounded British prisoners praising Beanes and other Americans for their kind treatment.

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The Star Spangled Banner - Ukulele Melody and Chord Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Ukulele melody and chord arrangment of the Star Spangled Banner key of C.


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