A Star Spangled Special: The Miracle of Fort McHenry
It was 1814. America's future was looking grim. The British had stormed Washington DC and burned the Capitol, White House, Congress Library, Treasury, and the Municipal Courthouse. The city was pretty much in ruin. Later, the British planned to strike Baltimore next. Quickly, the city had to organize right away. Quickly, all the city's defenders organized and the central command of the defense was Fort McHenry, a Star Shaped Fort in Baltimore Harbor. Right away, defenses were made by setting up an artificial reef by sinking merchant ships to prevent the British fleet from getting close to the city.
Soon, the British offensive began. British General Robert Ross, who had burned the Capitol City, was back for more. American General John Stricker was sent to stop him. Stricker's men fought off Ross's offense. General Ross was slain in battle and the British suffered a huge setback. The Americans later withdrew to defend the outskirts of Baltimore in a nearby park. Soon, the Royal Navy and East India Company flagship Intrepid began their siege of Fort McHenry. I was with my fellow pirates who had been hired by the Americans to help defend the fort while our ships was anchored in Baltimore Harbor. Onboard one of the British ships was an American lawyer named Francis Scott Key. He had come to negotiate the release of an American hostage.
The siege began and Key was trapped. British ships fired shells, solid shot and rockets at the fort. The volley could be felt from 10 miles away in Baltimore as the siege was underway. It appeared the shells were doing not much damage though. I saw the reason why: By the flag, I saw a boy with red hair, a light blue and yellow striped shirt, a pair of orange shorts and blue shoes with white socks with his arms spread wide. I knew it was Claus' spirit, using his psychic powers to defend the fort. The shells flew over the wall that afternoon, killing 2 soldiers. Meanwhile, Col. Arthur Brooke of the British Army continued the Infantry advance but could not get pass the American artillery line.
Soon, the weather turned grim. A storm came in and I thought I could see the Tazmily and Pigmask ghosts fighting in the heavens. The powder magazine was hit, but it did not explode. It was Claus who stopped this. The Americans soon fired at the British ships as they moved in closer. HMS Devastation was hit and Intrepid had one of her masts knocked off by a round of bar shot, forcing her to withdraw. By night, the British moved their fleet back and the light of the Congreve Rockets lit up the night. It was like a fireworks show almost. The siege continued and soon Baltimore was as dark as coal. Thunder and lightning roared above as rain fell.
Soon, a shell made it over the wall and exploded in front of me. I fell unconscious. When I came to, I was floating above my body as everyone was trying to revive me. I thought I was dead for sure. I then saw the mysterious Shadow Man who commanded the Pigmask ghosts. I fought the Shadow Man in a hand to hand fight. Col. Brooke tried to launch an offensive against Baltimore again assisted by the Royal Navy who tried to use a diversionary force only to be shot at. I fought the Shadow Man and knocked his hat and coat off. I then saw his face: It was like that of a child, but his face was rotted and greenish-blue. He had blonde hair and a pair of hellish red eyes. He wore a white shirt and shorts with suspenders as well as red shoes. I recognized him as Porky Minch and told him I though people like him were down there in the fiery pit with Old Hob (The Devil).
"I got out John. I am still here. And I will have my revenge." He said. We tussled until the sun started to rise over Baltimore. The British withdrew and I returned to my body. Porky just vanished. I was glad to be awake and alive after that ordeal. Later, the British fleet pulled back and Francis Scott Key was released. Claus' ghost later appeared to Key, who was frightened. "Don't be scared, I won't harm you." Claus said. Francis was amazed and later Claus vanished. Key, inspired, later wrote down a poem that later became America's national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner! No one knows why Fort McHenry wasn't destroyed. But still I know why: God sent these angels like Claus to save America! Me and my fellow pirates still tell the story of the Miracle of Baltimore!