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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hero's Reward

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Hero's Reward Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
1. Hero's Reward Marker
Inscription. John O'Neill led a futile defense when British raiders attacked Havre de Grace May 3, 1812. As other defenders fled, O'Neill briefly manned a cannon alone.

His courage earned O'Neill a presidential appointment as first keeper of the Concord Point Lighthouse. He lived here from 1827 until his death in 1838.

"... An English officer on horseback followed by the marines, rode up and took me with tow muskets in my hand." -- John O'Neill, Baltimore Niles' Weekly Register May 15, 1813.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.447′ N, 76° 5.131′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is at the intersection of Concord Street and Lafayette Street, on the left when traveling north on Concord Street. Click for map. In front of the Concord Point Lighthouse Keeper's House. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Concord Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Keeper of the Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Havre de Grace (within
Hero's Reward Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
2. Hero's Reward Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Dangerous Waters (within shouting distance of this marker); The Concord Point Light Keeper’s House and Property (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Location (within shouting distance of this marker); John O'Neill (within shouting distance of this marker); President William J. Clinton (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
3. Tributes
O'Neill's bravery was rare among hometown defenders. He was honored in 1813 with a sword incribed "to the Gallant O'Neill for his valor at Havre de Grace." A century later, the town dedicated the John O'Neill Cannon Memorial to this local hero.
Close-up of photo on marker
Maryland Historical Society
Concord Point Lighthouse Keeper's House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
4. Concord Point Lighthouse Keeper's House
Concord Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2012
5. Concord Point Lighthouse
John O'Neill Cannon Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
6. John O'Neill Cannon Monument
Erected in 1914
John O'Neill Cannon Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
7. John O'Neill Cannon Monument

This cannon of the War of 1812
marks the site of the battery on Concord Point
where
John O'Neill
1769-1838
served the guns single handed during the
British attack upon Havre de Grace
May 3, 1813 until disabled and captured.

He was released from the British frigate Maid Stone through the intercession of his young daughter, Matilda, to whom Admiral Cockburn gave his gold-mounted snuff-box in a token of her heroism. As a tribute to the gallant conduct of her father, the citizens of Philadelphia presented to him a handsome sword.

Erected by the citizens of Havre de Grace and the descendants of John O'Neill in the year of the National Star-Spangled Banner Centennial 1914.
 
 
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