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In Memory of Mary Young Pickersgill

1776-1857

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 25, 2015
1. In Memory of Mary Young Pickersgill Marker
Inscription. 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 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
In Memory of Mary Young Pickersgill Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
aged women and men. Mary Young Pickersgill is buried here in Loudon Park in section AA near the Frederick Avenue entrance.
 
Location. 39° 16.254′ N, 76° 41.208′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Wilkens Aveune. Touch for map. The marker is located in Loudon Park Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21229, United States of America.
 
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 Baltimore.
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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