The Biggest (& Best) Flag That Ever Flew

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Young Caroline Pickersgill lived with her mother and grandmother in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. Pickersgill, a widow, supported herself and her daughter by making flags for the ships that sailed into the city. Some soldiers from Fort McHenry came to her to order the biggest and best flag in the world, and Caroline helped to cut out the pieces and sew them.

When the British sailed up the Chesapeake Bay to destroy Baltimore during the War of 1812, the defenders at Fort McHenry beat ...

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Overview

Young Caroline Pickersgill lived with her mother and grandmother in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. Pickersgill, a widow, supported herself and her daughter by making flags for the ships that sailed into the city. Some soldiers from Fort McHenry came to her to order the biggest and best flag in the world, and Caroline helped to cut out the pieces and sew them.

When the British sailed up the Chesapeake Bay to destroy Baltimore during the War of 1812, the defenders at Fort McHenry beat them back. After the British sailed away the next morning, the flag gallantly streaming over the ramparts of the fort was the one Caroline and her mother had sewn. And "by the dawn's early light", Francis Scott Key saw it waving "o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave".

Recounts how Mrs. Pickergill of Baltimore was commissioned to make the huge flag which flew at Fort McHenry over Baltimore Harbor during a battle with the British in 1814.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Caroline and her mother were asked by the soldiers at Fort McHenry to make a really big flag. It was such a big flag that its construction had to take place in a warehouse. When finished it was thirty feet wide and forty-two feet long, and it weighed 200 lbs. As the battles of the War of 1812 moved to Baltimore, a night with cannons and guns booming ensued. However, with the dawn's early light, Caroline and her mother saw their flag flying high over the fort. Then they knew, as did the other citizens of Baltimore that they were safe. This event was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's poem that eventually became our national anthem. The flag Caroline and her mother made can still be seen at the Smithsonian Institution.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780870333811
  • Publisher: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1988
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years

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