Did you know...

"…that the “Star-Spangled Banner,” composed by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, did not become our national anthem until 1931?"
"…that the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad bridge spanning the Potomac at Harper’s Ferry was destroyed and rebuilt five times during the Civil War?"
"…that on October 4th, 1861, the U.S. Navy authorized construction of its first ironclad warship (later named the Monitor)? "
"…that Clara Barton assisted wounded Union soldiers after the Baltimore Riots in 1861?"
"On the evening of May 13, 1861, General Benjamin Butler and 1,000 Union soldiers arrived at Baltimore's Camden Street Station by train. Under the cover of a thunderstorm, they fortified Federal Hill to ensure the city of Baltimore remained under Union control, after the Pratt Street Riot less than a month earlier."
"…that on November 19th, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis asked his Congress for a railway linking the eastern and western interior of the Confederacy?"
"…that John Wilkes Booth’s father, Junius Brutus Booth, and his brother, Edwin Booth, are both members of the American Theatre Hall of Fame?"
"…that John Marshall, the longest-serving Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), was also the author of one of the first biographies of George Washington? "
"…that on October 1st, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis rejected his generals’ request for 20,000 additional troops to invade Maryland?"
"…that Charles Willson Peale, renowned portraitist of the eighteenth century, began his career as a saddle maker?"