1888 Cabinet Card - FRANCIS SCOTT KEY MONUMENT s.f. ca

5.25 x 8.5" Cabinet Card (not dated, but circa 1880s) - JAS. LICK'S MONUMENT TO FRANCIS SCOTT KEY - Unveiled in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. July 4th, 1888 .... extremley nice image showing some folks looking at the monument ... nice condition .... notes from the web: (During the War of 1812, Key, accompanied by the American Prisoner Exchange Agent Col. John Stuart Skinner, dined aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant, as the guests of Vice Adm. Alexander Cochrane, RAdm. Sir George Cockburn and Major General Robert Ross. They were t to negotiate the release of a prisoner, Dr. William Beanes. A resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Beanes had been captured by the British after he placed rowdy stragglers under citizen's arrest with a group of men.. Skinner, Key and Beanes were allowed to return to their own sloop, but were not allowed to return to Baltimore because they had become familiar with the strength and position of the British units and of the British intention to attack Baltimore. As a result of this, Key was unable to do anything but watch the bombarding of Ft. McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, and was inspired to write a poem describing the experience. Entitled "The Defense of Fort McHenry", intended to fit the rhythms of composer John Stafford Smith's "To Anacreon in Heaven", it has become better known as "The Star ... read more