Dr. William Beanes and the National Anthem

Dr. William Beanes plaque

Dr. William Beanes plaque

Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem today back in 1814.

But why was he in Baltimore Harbor to begin with?

He was seeking the release of Dr. William Beanes – a man who served as Army surgeon caring for wounded soldiers in the War for Independence and then in 1814 protected American citizens in Upper Marlboro Maryland from badly behaved British soldiers.

For that, the British imprisoned him.

Today, Dr. William Beanes grave is just outside Washington, D.C. beside an abandoned school building. If there was an accurate plaque on site, it would read, “Here lies a distinguished American patriot, forgotten by his country.”

Dr. William Beanes gravesite, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Dr. William Beanes gravesite, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

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