History buffs from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia gathered today in Allegheny Cemetery to honor the memory of a man who was a hero during both the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
Commodore Joshua Barney, a Maryland native, died and was buried in Pittsburgh in 1818 while on route to his home in Kentucky. In 1848, his remains were moved to what was then the newly opened Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville.
The event, which saw the dedication of a memorial stone honoring Barney, was sponsored by Maryland chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution and United States Daughters of 1812.
Four of Barney's descendants took part in the program, which drew about three dozen people to the Lawrenceville cemetery.
Mary Jane Stockstill, an eighth-generation descendant, described Barney as "a faithful and obedient servant to our country."
Caroline Bradford, another descendant, described her ancestor's role in ordering the making of the "Star-Spangled Banner" -- with 15 stars and stripes -- that flew over Fort McHenry during the British siege of Baltimore in 1814.
Laura Smith, regent, or president, of the Pittsburgh chapter of the DAR, read a proclamation from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl declaring Aug. 4 to be "Commodore Joshua Barney Day" in the city.
The 10-by-24-inch stone marker was provided by the Col. John Eager Howard Chapter of the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. John Eager Howard, a contemporary of Barney, was a Revolutionary War soldier who later served as a U.S. senator and governor of Maryland.