Cannon Fire – From one single cannon.
Can you imagine being on a ship in a harbor with cannon being fired from the ship and cannon fire answering from the shore.
Well that was the situation that Francis Scott Key found himself in 200 years ago – September 14, 1814.
Key was a young attorney and an aspiring poet. And not only was he on a ship he was on an enemy ship. But what kind of enemy was this. This enemy didn't speak a foreign language. Didn't look any different. As a matter of fact just a mere 38 years earlier this enemy had been his countryman. His own father and grandfather had been subjects of the king.
Now his country was under siege. British ships were in Chesapeake Bay. Fort McHenry was under fire.
And Francis Scott Key was forced to wait and watch through the night.