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This collection consists of five letters relating to the Flower, Young, Rush, and Pickersgill families between the years 1778 and 1800.

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Collection Location: Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
Star-Spangled House Museum

Collection Overview: The Colonial Letters Collection consists of five letters written between 1778 and 1800 that provide a tapestry displaying interconnections between historical figures during the American Revolution and their relation to the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.

Rebecca Flower Young became a flag maker during the American Revolution. Her brother was Colonel Benjamin Flower, Commissary General of Military Stores for the Continental Army. Her son Benjamin Young studied medicine under Dr. Benjamin Rush, the physician who informed her of the death of her niece, Benjamin Flower's daughter Ann, in 1795. Rebecca Young's daughter, Mary, who married John Pickersgill (whose letter to Samuel Hodgdon, successor to Colonel Flower as Commissary General of Military Stores, was written in 1800), used the skills she learned from her mother to sew the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.

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