The War of 1812 came to Maine on September 5th 1813
The only thing most people in the United States remember about the War of 1812 is that Francis Scott Key penned the words to our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”, after watching the bombarding of Fort McHenry. On September 5, 1813 the war came to the waters off Monhegan, Maine, when the USS Enterprise and the HMS Boxer went to battle. The Enterprise was victorious, but her captain, William Barrows, gave his life as did Captain Samuel Blyth of the Boxer. Both naval officers are buried in Portland's Eastern Cemetery.
The Maine Historical Society is hosting a series of events to commemorate the battle.It runs from September 3rd to the 7th. For details on the events go to http://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml or email email@example.com