View Full Version : Star Spangled Bummer

08-26-2011, 08:39 AM
There's a good article on this site about the National Hymn Committee that was formed during the war to select an official national anthem (which they never got around to, obviously):


Interesting side note from the story--the Union General at Ft. McHenry who imprisoned the grandson of Francis Scott Key as a Southern sympathizer was also serving on the National Hymn Committee, which had rejected The Star Spangled Banner as "too hard to sing."