; born in New Market
, Caroline co., Va.
April 10, 1780; entered the army as second lieutenant in 1799.
In 1813 he held the rank of major in the 3d Artillery, and was distinguished at the capture of Fort George
His gallant defence of Fort McHenry
in September, 1814, won for him immortal honors.
He had five brothers in the military service in the second war for independence--three in the regular army and two in the militia service.
Because of his bravery in defending Baltimore
, he was brevetted a lieutenant-colonel; and the citizens presented him with an elegant silver service in the form of a vase fashioned like a bombshell, with goblets and salver.
After his death at Baltimore
, April 25, 1818, a fine marble monument was erected there to his memory.
grateful citizens also erected a large monument, designed by Maximilian Godefroy
, and wrought in white marble, in memory of all
the defenders of Baltimore
is a cenotaph, and was erected in 1815, at a cost of $60,000. It bears the names, in bronze letters, of the officers who perished in defence of the city.