Dundalk in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Aquila Randall Monument
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 walking distance of this marker. North Point Battlefield (here, next to this marker); Battle Acre (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle of North Point (approx. 0.9 miles away); At Patapsco Neck (approx. 0.9 miles away); Defenders Honored (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Conflict upon this Battle Field (approx. 0.9 miles away); Proud of Our Stand (approx. 0.9 miles away); To Honor the Heroes (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Dundalk.
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.
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.
3. The Man Who Captured Washington - General Robert Ross.
Additional keywords. Aquila Randall, Major Richard K. Heath, General Robert Ross, Captain Benjamin C. Howard, Maryland Militia
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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