Irvington in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In Memory of Mary Young Pickersgill
In the summer of 1813 Baltimore was preparing to defend itself against another invasion by the British, a “Second War of Independence.” Baltimore’s most prominent flag-maker at that time was a widow named Mary Young Pickersgill. In the early summer of 1813, Major George Armistead, Commandant of Fort McHenry, requested a large ensign be flown over the fort as “a symbol of defiance.” Mrs. Pickersgill was asked to make such an ensign; a 15-star, 15-stripe, 30 x 42 foot flag. This banner became the inspiration behind the writing of our national anthem. Mary Pickersgill was considered to be a woman of charm and culture, vivacious and public-spirited. She not only continued to be listed as “a maker of ships colours and signals,” but as a woman quite sympathetic to the plight of deserted wives, widows, and orphans of war veterans. A group of ladies formed an association to find work for these women, and this group was known as “the impartial female humane society.” Mary Pickersgill became the group’s president in 1850 and served in this capacity until her death October 4, 1857. During her presidency the
By Don Morfe, September 25, 2015
1. In Memory of Mary Young Pickersgill Marker
aged women’s home at Franklin Square was founded and built. In 1958 the home moved to Towson, north of Baltimore, and changed the name to “Pickersgill.” The home continues to care for aged women and men. Mary Young Pickersgill is buried here in Loudon Park in section AA near the Frederick Avenue entrance.
By Don Morfe, September 25, 2015
2. In Memory of Mary Young Pickersgill Marker
The marker is at the base of the Star Spangled Banner national anthem monument.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War of 1812 • Women.
Location. 39° 16.254′ N, 76° 41.208′ W. Marker is in Irvington in Baltimore, Maryland. Memorial is on Wilkens Aveune. The marker is located in Loudon Park Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harry Gilmor Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Weiskittel Mausoleum (approx. 0.7 miles away); Irvington (approx. ¾ mile away); The Citizens of Irvington (approx. ¾ mile away); Mary Pickersgill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Burial Place of Twenty-Nine Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.9 miles away); To the Memory of the Unknown Dead (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Irvington.
By Smithsonian Institution
3. Mary Young Pickersgill
This portrait of Mary Young Pickersgill (1776-1857) made and published about 1853, currently belongs to the Pickersgill Retirement Community.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on March 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 3. submitted on October 10, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.