Fort McHenry . I present to you my third creation in the Tribute to America series depicting the battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. .
O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
-Francis Scott Key
When the Americans won their freedom in the Revolutionary war, the British were a little peeved to say the least. It wasn't until decades later that they tried to win it back. There had been much tension between the two nations since 1776. Merchants were oppressed by the other's NAVY and the seas were not safe for anyone because of the privateers. Though it is called the war of 1812 the war went on until 1815. The British marched into America in 1814 and burnt down the white house and the capitol building. Their next objective inland was Philadelphia but to get there they had to pass the Fort McHenry. Thus the bombardment began. On September 12th the British began assault with the smaller rounds but retreated because of the Americans range. Finally the British wheeled out the mortars(2mi range) and rockets(1.75mi range) which had a much greater range than the American's 11, 24, 38(1.5mi range) pounders pounders. The British kept up the barrage for 25 hours. In that time the American's lowered the original flag. Then they raised the 42'x30' flag in insubordinate defiance to the British. The American commander Samuel Smith resolved to not let the British into the weakened Philadelphia even if it means the destruction of the fort and the lives of his men. The British Admiral Cochrane seeing the unwielding courage of the oppressed Americans tried one last desperate ploy. He tried to slip a landing party past the Fort and so draw out the militia from inside the fort. However the Fort's guns spotted the landing party and they with drew. Cochrane, seeing the battle would be a stale mate withdrew his ships and retreated to New Orleans.
Casualties of the fight were recorded as folllows.
Americans-4 Dead(including one woman)-24 wounded
Star Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key was on one of the British warships for a prisoner bartering mission when the battle began. Francis recorded the poem Star Spangled Banner(the poem above) from what he saw that day. The poem was later given a tune then was soon recognized as the National Anthem.
Fort McHenry was designed by a Frenchman Jean Foncin in 1798. The star fort was named after James McHenry who was the first secretary of war under George Washington. The fort served as a prison and a defense shelter for the locals. It wasn't until 1812 that the fort was tested for the first time.
Alright fellas class is over. You obviously didn't come to this page to get a lesson on History but that's all right thanks for sticking though it. Note: to get the full effect from this MOC I suggest you read the poem at the top of the page. Anyhoo here is the Battle of Fort McHenry!
The Bird's eye view was mainly so you buggers could see the hardcore angle which I was working with. This was my second attempt at angling other than Hobbitton so I think it turned out rather well.
Faded Glory made by Mary Young Pickerell was 30'x 42'. This tattered flag has become a symbol for freedom and courage.
The brickwork around the cannon hole was inspired by the Fire Brigade. The angled tiles at the top sort of add an organic flair to the architecture. In the background you can see the American General George Armistead.
The Rocket smashing into the wall was a rather last minute detail before Brickfair.
I couldn't resist throwing in the Fire Brigade flag in the background.
For this angle with the wall I was fortunate enough to align the scaffolding as such that the jumpers were actually snug up against the wall!
A close up of the beautiful bomb whose concept I accredit to Jack Bittner. Thanks for the idea Jack!
This picture really accents the tiling on the ground. Also I would like to thank Nate for the loaning of a cannon to me at Brickfair. So to Nate I say thank you.
That little door is aesthetically pleasing just because it is symmetrical with both of the scaffoldings.
Couldn't resist putting the corpse in there. Adds to the authenticity of the battle scene.
The scaffolding was rather fun to build.
I had a barrel of laughs with this one. I had that unbuttoned coat then I took the rubber bands as bandoleers and I gave him the most drunken face I could.
1st story (or 2nd story) is the dormitories for the militia.
Ground level floor serves as an officers "lounge".
This bottom cellar serves as a kitchen/mess hall/pantry/anything I want it to.
To the left you can see a little powder arsenal.
My brother said something about how I needed to take pictures with a larger survey so people could then place the detail in their proper places. So he is welcome! The inside of the fort is probably one of my favorite parts of the MOC. Just the look of the scaffolding up against the brick wall just appeals to me. You'll be seeing more of this in the future!
A shot of the rockwork. This is one spot that is historically INaccurate. At Fort McHenry there was actually a bit of a trench there to prevent ground assaults. I had already built this though before I learned about the trench:)
I rebuilt this water 4 times. I was really picky with the placement with the bricks and colors. I am still not sure the v.1 wasn't best but here is the version now.
I purposely took 2 pictures of pretty much the same concept. I just wanted to illuminate my uses of the UV-ray colored pieces. Finally I figured out a use for those poor blue bricks that have been caught by those nasty UVs. I used them as the next step up from the maersk blue stepping into the regular blue. It also adds a bit of depth to the water instead of just regular blue bricks.
I tried to make this as complete a cutaway as I could without taking a chainsaw to it. You can see how I cleverly used a trans rod and a flag to hold the string in place. Steal away oh my peers! Steal away!
Here is the shot of the entire warship. You can see I had mortars on the top deck and then 18 pounders on the 2nd level. This ship was probably the most fun, the most frustrating and probably the most education LEGO experience that I have had in a long time. It is SNOT work all around. The bottom deck was very solid but then It got wobblier as It went up. And then I cantilevered the decks because I wanted to make it a complete cutaway. But unfortunately the grounding for the cantilever was only 2 studs supported by a few pins. Wow. I had a couple chunks of the ship that were more solid than others. I just used jumpers to help support the more wobbly parts. It came out fine but every half an hour I had to adjust it because it kept sliding. Then the sails were a royal pain as well but hey! The pics are taken so what am I mumbling about.
Francis Scott Key recording his feelings and emotions in pen to become one of the most monumental pieces of music that has graced the earth. His words have impacted many people and even countries. The more I learn about Francis the more I love him! Once again I use literary licence. In all actuality he was much farther away from the fort but because of my limited bricks and patience I just built 1 ship.
I had originally planned on using actual paper for the sails but it couldn't really get the rippling effect that I wanted with the Bricks.
The stern shot. As I said earlier I tried to make it a complete cutaway. I did my very very best but because I had a 1/3 of a stud offset (yes a 1/3 of a stud. That's how hardcore this dio was for me.)it didn't get the cleanest cutoff.
One of the British officers, Admiral Alexander Cochrane views the bombarding from the deck of his lovely warship.
The SNOT work along the bottom really gave the ship a solid base with these turned upside down but then the Bb-elements(named after myself mainly due to the fact that they are my favorite elements) really weaken everything.
You can see the layering better in this picture here.
The smaller 18 pounders line the second level decks. On the bottom of the pic you can see a little cage. That was originally supposed to hold Francis but because it would be kind of hard to see the "Bombs bursting in air" from there...
You can see a hammock there in the lower left. It felt empty without it.
!!!!!Bonus Pics: Brickfair 2010!!!!!
This is my one and only creation for the War of 1812. I just didn't consider it important enough except for this battle. Well thank you for viewing. I hope you enjoyed my diorama. Be sure to check in soon because the Civil War is next...
My Previous Tribute to America works.
God Bless America!