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Battle of Baltimore

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Definition: Historic American victory that produced America's national anthem. On September 12, 1814, British troops landed near Baltimore, fresh from their victory at Washington and the burning of the White House and other government buildings. Baltimore was better prepared than Washington had been, and the British bombardment of American positions, including Fort McHenry, did not result in an American surrender. Convinced that they didn't have the troops to take Baltimore, the British retreated. It was the last official battle of the war.

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The War of 1812
Find out more about the second war between the United States and Great Britain.

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Map of the Battle of Baltimore
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