JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

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Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olsons shares these shots of Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, located in Baltimore. The coastal star-shaped fort is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British Navy in Chesapeake Bay in 1814. During the Civil War, the area where Fort McHenry sits served as a military prison, confining both Confederate soldiers, as well as a large number of Maryland political figures who were suspected of being Confederate sympathizers. Fort McHenry was built on the site of the former Fort Whetstone, which had defended Baltimore from 1776 to 1797.

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