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Caroline's Battle is the fifth book in the Caroline series.


Only in Caroline's Battle

Chapter by Chapter Summary

Chapter One: Signal Guns!

Chapter Two: Bad News at the Shipyard

Chapter Three: Terrible Orders

Chapter Four: The Battle

Chapter Five: Reunion

Looking Back: America in 1812

Discusses several battles fought during the War of 1812. Topics covered:

  • Sackets Harbor as a town today
  • The Second Battle of Sacket's Harbor on May 28, 1813, with the British navy sending a fleet to capture the town and destroy the General Pike
  • Lack of soldiers to defend Sackets Harbor from invasion
  • The lack of wind causing the British fleet to stall, allowing the people of Sackets Harbor to arm and prepare for battle
  • Lack of any battle or combat experience among American militiamen against British forces, with haphazard results
  • Accidental destruction of the supply storehouses in Navy Point at the time of British defeat
  • The completion of the General Pike following the Second Battle of Sacket's Harbor
  • President Madison receiving news of the British invasion of Washington, DC, following the Battle of Bladensburg
  • First Lady Dolly Madison, who saved several important papers as well the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington before fleeing the White House
  • The Burning of Washington and its impact on American citizens
  • Mary Pickersgill, who was commissioned by George Armistead to create a flag "so large that the British will have no difficulty seeing it from a distance", resulting in the Star-Spangled Banner Flag flying over Fort McHenry
  • The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814, witnessed by Francis Scott Key, and the presence of the flag following the battle, signaling Fort McHenry had not been captured
  • Defence of Fort McHenry,[3] a poem Francis Scott Key wrote following the Battle of Baltimore and later set to the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven, a popular drinking song[4] of the time
  • The formal adoption of The Star-Spangled Banner as the national anthem of the United States on March 3, 1931

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References and Footnotes

  1. The majority of the story occurs during the Second Battle of Sacket's Harbor, which took place on May 28 and 29, 1813.
  2. Chapter Five states, post battle, that the celebration is two weeks later.
  3. This is the original title; Francis Scott Key's poem was not retitled to The Star-Spangled Banner until October 1814, following a public performance by a Baltimore actor. See here: Francis Scott Key,, accessed September 15, 2012.
  4. American Treasures of the Library of Congress,, accessed September 15, 2012.