Crafting a Legacy

Crafting a Legacy (HM1IIQ)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.232', W 76° 36.216'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

In 1813, Mary Pickersgill's flag-making business was commissioned to sew a garrison flag and a smaller storm flag for Fort McHenry, Mary's mother, daughter, nieces, and African American servants helped complete the task in about seven weeks.

On September 14, 1814, Fort McHenry withstood a 25-hour British bombardment. The garrison flag waving over the victorious fort inspired Francis Scot Key to pen lyrics that became the U.S. national anthem.

National Treasure
The family of George Armistead, commander at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, held the garrison flag until 1912. A grandson donated it to the Smithsonian Institution, where it is displayed today.

"Through the clouds of war, the stars of that banner still shone...and in that hour of triumph, my heart spoke...'Does not such a country...deserve a song' was its question."
Francis Scot Key, August 6, 1834.

(Inscription about the flag) Too large for Mary's house, the 30 x 42-foot garrison flag was finished on the floor of a nearby brewery. Her helpers included an African American indentured servant named Grace Wisher.

(Inscription next to the photo on the right) Receipt for two flags received on August 19, 1813. Image/Courtesy Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361700 N 4349873
Decimal Degrees39.28720000, -76.60360000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.232', W 76° 36.216'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 13.92" N, 76° 36' 12.96" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 830-844 E Pratt St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
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