“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Kingsville in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Ishmael Day’s House

Ishmael Day's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 29, 2007
1. Ishmael Day's House Marker
Inscription. When one of Harry Gilmor’s Confederate Cavalrymen (on July 11, 1864) pulled down his Union Flag, Day shot him and then escaped to the woods. They burned his house and barn.
Erected 1934 by State Roads Commission.
Location. 39° 27.76′ N, 76° 25.58′ W. Marker is near Kingsville, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Sunshine Avenue one mile east of Harford Road (Maryland Route 147), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingsville MD 21087, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint John’s Parish (approx. one mile away); Fork United Methodist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Jerusalem Mills (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Sweathouse Road (approx. 2 miles away); Harry Gilmor's Raid (approx. 2 miles away); Franklinville (approx. 2.4 miles away); Gunpowder Falls State Park (approx. 2.6 miles away); Harry Dorsey Gough (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kingsville.
Also see . . .
1. The Ballad of Ishmail Day. By Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832-1911) Published Feb 1865, Harpers Magazine (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
An Obstinate Unionist image. Click for full size.
By Armand Welcker, 1883
2. An Obstinate Unionist
Ishmail Day shoots Sergeant Eugene Field in this somewhat fanciful depiction by Armand Welcker from Deeds of Daring by Both Blue And Gray, Thrilling Narratives, by D. M. Kelsey, 1883

2. Ismael Day, the Oldest Loyalist who shot a Rebel. From the Baltimore American, July 13, 1864. 73-year-old Ishmael Day tells how he "fired a load from his duck gun just as the miscreant had succeeded in getting hold of the flag, and he [Sergeant Field] fell back on the road seriously, and he [Mr. Day] thinks mortally wounded, the whole load having entered his breast." (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
Additional comments.
1. Incident at Ishmael Day's House
When the advance guard for Harry Gilmor's raiders was in the area, Ishmael Day placed a large Union flag over his gate. Gilmor's Ordnance Sergeant Eugene Field told Day to take the flag down. After Day refused, an argument followed and Ishmael Day shot Sgt. Field at close range with a shotgun. Gilmor's men burned Day's home and Day immediately fled — hiding under a cider press for days until the passing troops were gone. The mortally wounded Sgt. Field was taken to Wright's Hotel operated by W.O.B. Wright on Harford Road accompanied by Gilmor where Field later died. -- Wikipedia
    — Submitted September 1, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Categories. MilitaryNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,690 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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