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

Hometown Hero

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Hometown Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 13, 2014
1. Hometown Hero Marker
Inscription. Nathan Towson, born 1784 in the area named for his family, served in the U.S. Army for 42 years. He enlisted in 1812 when war with Britain seemed imminent. As an artillery captain, Towson distinguished himself in nearly every major engagement on the Niagara Frontier.

A lieutenant colonel at war’s end, Towson was later made a brigadier general. He was still on active duty, as paymaster general, when he died in 1854.

(Side Bar) Sword of Honor-Nathan Towson was fighting on the Canadian border when the British attacked Baltimore in 1814. In recognition of his service to country, Maryland gave him a sword inscribed with the actions where he nobly fought.

“This officer (Captain Towson) has so often distinguished himself, that…I have no idea that there is an Artillery officer in any service superior to him in the knowledge and performance of his duty.”
General Eleazer Ripley report of Battle of Fort Erie, August 1814

(Inscription under the sketch on the left)
Towson’s Battery (far left in this 1814 sketch) was called “Towson’s Lighthouse” because of its relentless firing during the defense of Fort Erie. By U.S. Army Captain Loring Austin-Image courtesy of Clements Library, University of Michigan.

(Inscription beside the painting in the lower center)

Nathan
Hometown Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 13, 2014
2. Hometown Hero Marker
Towson, ca 1815. By Rembrandt Peale-Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society

(Inscription under the engraving in the lower right)
A fanciful engraving of General Winfield Scott (on horseback) with Nathan Towson (on foot in foreground) Image courtesy of Baltimore County Library.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.012′ N, 76° 36.33′ W. Marker is in Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Washington Avenue. Touch for map. This marker is located on the grounds of the Towson Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Towson MD 21204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baltimore County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Abisado (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Baltimore County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Epsom Chapel (approx. 0.3 miles away); War of 1812 Cannon
Towson's Battery image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
3. Towson's Battery
Towson’s Battery (far left in this 1814 sketch) was called “Towson’s Lighthouse” because of its relentless firing during the defense of Fort Erie. By U.S. Army Captain Loring Austin.
Close-up of image on marker
Clements Library, University of Michigan
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Wartime Support (approx. 1.4 miles away); Captain Charles Ridgely (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towson.
 
Also see . . .  Nathan Towson. Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Nathan Towson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
4. Nathan Towson
Nathan Towson, ca 1815. By Rembrandt Peale.
Close-up of image on marker
Nathan Towson and Winfield Scott image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
5. Nathan Towson and Winfield Scott
A fanciful engraving of General Winfield Scott (on horseback) with Nathan Towson (on foot in foreground)
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 48 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4, 5. submitted on May 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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