“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Matilda O'Neill Home

Matilda O'Neill Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., December 8, 2009
1. Matilda O'Neill Home Marker
Inscription. During the War of 1812, the British sailed up the Chesapeake Bay. After laying siege to Washington, D.C. and burning the White Housee, and having been held at bay by the patriots in Baltimore, they proceeded to Havre de Grace. Most of the residents fled in fear, but Lt. John O'Neill single-handedly defended the town. He was wounded, captured, and imprisoned on the British ship Maidstone. The town was sacked, and burned, with only two houses and the Episcopal Church spared. O'Neill's fifteen year old daughter, Matilda, pleaded with the Admiral of the fleet for her father's life. Admiral Cockburn was so impressed by the girl's bravery that he released O'Neill unharmed, and rewarded Matilda by giving her his gold snuff box and sword.

Mr. O'Neill built this home for his daughter, Matilda, in 1822 and presented it to her as a wedding present. She sold the house to her brother William in 1842.
Location. 39° 33.083′ N, 76° 5.517′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is on Union Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Union Avenue, Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker);
Matilda O'Neill Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Matilda O'Neill Home Marker
Susquehanna River Crossing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Susquehanna Lower Ferry (about 500 feet away); Under Attack (about 500 feet away); Out of the Flames (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rochambeau Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.2 miles away); "O! say can you see..." (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar of 1812
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