Hometown Hero

Hometown Hero (HM1IDC)

Location: Towson, MD 21204 Baltimore County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.012', W 76° 36.33'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

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 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.

Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceGov Building
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361759 N 4362418
Decimal Degrees39.40020000, -76.60550000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.012', W 76° 36.33'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 0.7200" N, 76° 36' 19.8000" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-498 Washington Ave, Towson MD 21204, US
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