MARYLAND SOCIETY UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812
The Maryland Society United States Daughters of 1812 welcomes you! Indeed, the years 2012-2014 are of special significance to our Society and in particular to our state as we celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. It has been said that while The War of Revolution achieved our liberty – the War of 1812 secured it. Our membership represents lineal descendants of those men and women who rendered service to our country in securing our liberty some two hundred years ago.
An article published in the Baltimore Sun in 1855 described the National Convention of the Soldiers of 1812-15. The event was held in our nation’s capitol. The aging 1812 soldiers marched in a Grand Military Procession right up to the White House and into the East Room. Not less than 1,600 brave men were said to have filled that Room of the Mansion. President Pierce exclaimed, “As this company entered the room, no man could have failed to observe they were ‘the men’ for 1812. Their intelligence and their deportment evidenced their worth as citizens and patriots.” It was reported that “all of Washington was engaged in a whole day devoted to patriotism. Nothing was doing in places of business. It was a grand gala day, and the whole community was out.”
Today, just as it has been since the 1800’s, the Maryland Society United States Daughters of 1812 continues to honor those worthy citizens and patriots who stood firm to secure our liberty some two hundred years ago.
The state of Maryland is honored to boast numerous sites significant to the War of 1812. In fact, Fort McHenry is known as the birthplace of the National Anthem. The original handwritten manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner may be found at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. The home and business-place of Mary Young Pickersgill, creator of the Star Spangled Banner flag that flew over Fort McHenry, may be discovered at The Star Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum. For a comprehensive list of Maryland War of 1812 sites and activities, I encourage you to visit StarSpangled200.org.
If you are interested in joining the Maryland Society United States Daughters of 1812, please visit the Membership Section located on this website. We welcome your inquiry!
In the splendid spirit of 1812,
Joanne Cecil Brown, President
Maryland Society United States Daughters of 1812