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Annapolis artist puts his stamp on the Battle of Baltimore
Annapolis artist puts his stamp on the Battle of Baltimore

Exploding cannon fire lit the sky and reflected off the water as rain poured down on American soldiers struggling to defend Fort McHenry against a British attack. It was September 1814, and after the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key penned the work that became our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The goal of Annapolis-based artist Greg Harlin has been bringing that scene to life — on a postage stamp. This past weekend, as Baltimore celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled Harlin's creation: the War of 1812: Fort McHenry Forever stamp. Harlin, who describes himself as a history buff, said he...

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