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Dundalk in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Aquila Randall Monument
 
Aquila Randall Obelisk, Also Known as the Ross Monument Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
1. Aquila Randall Obelisk, Also Known as the Ross Monument
 
Inscription. SACRED to the memory of Aquila Randall, who died in bravely defending his Country and his Home, on the memorable 12th of September, 1814. Aged 24 years.

In the skirmish which occurred at this spot between the advanced party under Major Richd. K. Heath of the 5th Regt. M. M. and the front of the British column Major General Ross the commander of the British force received his mortal wound.

The First Mechanical Volunteers commanded by Captn. Benjn. C. Howard of the 5th Regt. M. M. have erected this Monument as a tribute of their respect for the memory of Their Gallant Brothers in arms.

How beautiful is Death when earned by Virtue.
 
Erected 1817 by the First Mechanical Volunteers, 5th Regiment, Maryland Militia.
 
Location. 39° 16.392′ N, 76° 28.169′ W. Marker is in Dundalk, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Old North Point Road 0.1 miles south of Eleanor Terrace, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dundalk MD 21222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. North Point Battlefield (here, next to this marker); Battle Acre (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle of North Point (approx. 0.9 miles away); Proud of Our Stand (approx. 0.9 miles away); Commodore Joshua Barney (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle Ground Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cox's Point Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); General Robert Ross (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dundalk.
 
Monument Side 1 Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
2. Monument Side 1
 

 
More about this marker. Aquila Randall was a private in the Mechanical Volunteers of the Fifth Regiment of Maryland Militia. The officer commanding the company was Captain Benjamin Chew Howard (1791–1872), second son of Revolutionary War veteran Lieutenant Colonel John Eager Howard (1752-1827), hero of the Battle of Cowpens in 1781.
 
Regarding Aquila Randall Monument. “Ross was shot on the gentle rise of ground in the road a few rods eastward of the monument.” Three rods would be about 50 feet. The skirmish occurred prior to the Battle of North Point between detachments of Baltimore militiamen pushed forward by American commander Brigadier General John Stricker and advance elements of the British Army advancing up the Patapsco Neck peninsula, soon after noon on 12 September 1814.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Quincy Adams and “The Monumental City”. John Quincy Adams was the only sitting President of the United States to visit North Point Battlefield and the Randall Monument, in 1827. Scroll down to the 8th paragraph for a description of this monument. (Submitted on August 22, 2007.) 

2. Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812. Chapter XL in the 1869 book by Benson J. Lossing. Search for the word “Randall” to get to the section on the Battle of North Point and this monument. (Submitted on August 22, 2007.) 
 
Monument Side 2 Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
3. Monument Side 2
 

3. The Man Who Captured Washington - General Robert Ross. (Submitted on November 3, 2009, by Christopher T. George of Baltimore, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Aquila Randall, Major Richard K. Heath, General Robert Ross, Captain Benjamin C. Howard, Maryland Militia
 
Monument Side 3 Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
4. Monument Side 3
 
 
Monument Side 4 Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
5. Monument Side 4
 
 
The Aquila Randall Monument Photo, Click for full size
circa 1869
6. The Aquila Randall Monument
Engraving from Chapter XL in the 1869 book Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812 by Benson J. Lossing.
 
 
Monument and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
7. Monument and Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,722 times since then. Last updated on November 3, 2009, by Christopher T. George of Baltimore, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   6. submitted on August 22, 2007.   7. submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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