|General Smallwood was the highest ranking officer from the state of Maryland during the Revolutionary War - a two starred Major General. He mustered the first troops from the state and commanded them for a period during the war. General Smallwood served in the Continental Army for eight (8) years (1775 - 1783). In 1785 he was appointed Governor of Maryland and served three one-year terms.|
General Smallwood died in debt and his home and property were sold at public auction in order to pay his bills. This was true for many of the patriots (including Thomas Jefferson); they had put their own money into the War effort. The home was later occupied by various tenants and renters, until it fell into ruin while it was being used for storage for the Carpenter farm.