Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum
In the summer of 1813, Commander Joshua Barney, General John Stricker and Major James Calhoun visited her shop and asked Mary to make a garrison flag for Fort McHenry. The flag was thirty feet hoist and forty-two feet fly, with fifteen stripes and fifteen stars. Each stripe was two feet wide and each star two feet from tip to tip. Mary was asked to complete the flag in just six weeks. assisted by her daughter, her three nieces and two African American-servants both free and slave. Mary cut pieced, and sewed the large flag. Her daughter Caroline later recalled that “my mother worked many nights until 12 o'clock to complete it in the given time.”
The flag flew over Fort McHenry for a year before the British bombardment on September 13 and 14, 1814. The sight of the large garrison flag flying over Fort McHenry after the 25 hour bombardment inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem which became our National Anthem.
The flag Mary Pickersgill made is on display at the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of American History in Washington, D. C.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 39° 17.242′ N, 76° 36.191′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Pratt Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 844 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Star Spangled Banner (here, next to this marker); Flag House (a few steps from this marker); Crafting a Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Slave Trade (within shouting distance of this marker); The Star Spangled Banner Flag was Born Here (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Edward Johnson (about 500 feet away); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore Riot Trail (about 600 feet away); Carroll Mansion (about 600 feet away); St. Leo The Great Church (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. Marker reproduces R. McGill Mackall (1889–1982)’s 1962 oil on canvas entitled “Placing the Stars on
Also see . . . The Star-Spangled Banner. At the National Museum of American History (Submitted on April 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons • War of 1812 •
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