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Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Heavy Price

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
A Heavy Price Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
1. A Heavy Price Marker
Inscription. Private Bernard Todd paid dearly for having his home used for military purposes. When the British threatened Baltimore in 1813, it was headquarters for American troops who guarded the Patapsco Neck. Todd’s property also served as a signal house and horse courier station. Three mounted sentries stationed here on September 11, 1814, hurried to announce that the British had arrived. In retaliation, enemy soldiers torched the house and some buildings.

“Todd’s is a commodious two story frame house, with a large stable capable of accommodating in it and under its sheds at least thirty horses.”
Major William Barney to Brig. Gen. John Stricker, March 23, 1813

(Inscription beside the image of a horse and rider)
Couriers stationed at the Todd family home rushed north to warn Baltimore that a British fleet had anchored off North Point.

(Inscription beside the image on the right)
The 21-inch Todd telescope is made of wood with a brass draw. Image/Courtesy Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

Family Heirloom-This telescope passed through several of 10 generations of Todds who owned this land. Made by Beilby Proctor & Co., operating in England 1787-1817, the telescope could have been used here during the war.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department

A Heavy Price Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
2. A Heavy Price Marker
of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 12.834′ N, 76° 26.286′ W. Marker is in Sparrows Point, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on North Point Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparrows Point MD 21219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Todd’s Inheritance (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Todd’s Inheritance (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The Presbytery of Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Unexpected Resistance (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wetlands (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dreaded Alarm (approx. ¾ mile away); The Rebirth of a Maryland Historical Treasure (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparrows Point.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Todd Home image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
3. Todd Home
Todd's Inheritance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
4. Todd's Inheritance Marker
Courier image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 21, 2014
5. Courier
Couriers stationed at the Todd Family home rushed north to warn Baltimore that a British fleet had anchored off North Point.
Close-up of Gerry Embleton painting on marker
Family Heirloom image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 21, 2014
6. Family Heirloom
This Telescope passed through several of 10 generations of Todds who owned this land. Made by Beilby Proctor & Co., operating in England 1787—1817, the telescope could have been used here during the war.

The 21-inch Todd telescope is made of wood with a brass draw.
Close-up of photo on marker
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
Todd's Inheritance image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 18, 2011
7. Todd's Inheritance
North Front
Todd's Inheritance image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 21, 2014
8. Todd's Inheritance
West Side
Todd's Inheritance image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 21, 2014
9. Todd's Inheritance
South Front
Todd's Inheritance image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 21, 2014
10. Todd's Inheritance
From the Marshall Adams' “Home of the Brave” mural on the wall of Penny's Bar in Dundalk.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on February 16, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 20, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on December 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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