I was a little bummed to read in yesterday’s Las Cruces Sun-News that Betsy Ross was not likely to have been the original flag-maker we’d all been led to believe. According to Leepson’s book Flag: An American Biography, the original flagmaker is unknown but it’s original designer was Francis Hopkinson, attorney and designer of seals and emblems. What is evident is that several flags were made by several people.
Mary Young Pickersgill of Baltimore sewed the Star-Spangled Banner, which was raised at Fort McHenry in Baltimore to celebrate the American victory after a 25-hour battle with the British during the War of 1812. The invoice for $405.90, paid by the Army, is on display at the Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum in Baltimore. The 30-by-42-foot banner took several weeks to sew. Each star was two feet in diameter, and Pickersgill had to use the floor of a nearby brewery to lay out the fabric. This story, originally published in the Washington Post is here. A related NPR story is here.
On a personal level, it seems I’ll be less independent this day and forth. I’ve become engaged. I’m still a bit shell-shocked I think. While I hadn’t lost hope, I did not think I’d ever remarry. Discussion now centers on just who is responsible for planning a wedding. I’m still laughing that he thinks I’ll be doing it. If I have to plan it, our marriage ceremony will consist of registering at a hotel as Mr and Mrs Husman, which constitutes a legal marriage in the state of Texas!