Tobacco Barn

USA - Maryland - Tobacco Barn

Tobacco Barn
Tobacco curing in barns is a common sight through the tobacco belt
extending from southern Maryland to North Carolina

USA - Maryland - Tobacco Barn stamps

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The Ruins of Montgomery Blair’s House

The Civil War

The Ruins of Montgomery Blair’s House

Blair’s house in Silver Spring was burned by Confederate soldiers under the command of Gen. Jubal Early.  Montgomery Blair was postmaster-general of the United States.

Star Spangled Banner

Composite Photograph of the Star Spangled Banner

In 2001, conservators removed a linen backing that had been attached to the flag in 1914, revealing a side of the Star-Spangled Banner not seen in over eighty years.   Because the flag was in the conservation lab it could not be photographed as a whole.  Using computer technology, seventy-three individual shots of the flag were pieced together, like a puzzle, to create this composite image.

National Museum of American History

100 years ago, this flag flew through the battle at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812  and Francis Scott Key penned the poem that has become the national anthem.

The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!