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MARYLAND STATE SOCIETY UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812

Kitty Knight Chapter (Eastern Shore of Maryland)

During the War of 1812, the British invasion included the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Kitty Knight, daughter of prominent parents in the community and niece of a member of the General Assembly of Maryland as well as the United States House of Representatives, was described as “beautiful, accomplished and brave.” A local obituary notice of November 22, 1855 stated, “by her heroism at the burning of Georgetown she saved several families from being made homeless and friendless by the fire and sword.” As the forces landed in the Georgetown area of the Chesapeake Bay, Kitty Knight’s appeal to Admiral Cockburn so moved the commodore that he ordered the troops to their barges and left unburned a church and several houses which still stand. Kitty Knight is buried in Warwick, Cecil County, Maryland.

The chapter was organized in 1984 by Organizing President, Mrs. Robert J. Moore.

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