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Oldtown in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Young Martyrs

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
Young Martyrs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
1. Young Martyrs Marker
Inscription.  Daniel Wells, 19 and Henry McComas, 18, made history September 12, 1814, when they allegedly killed British commander Major General Robert Ross. The two sharpshooters fired simultaneously. Both were quickly shot dead by British soldiers.

Considered heroes, Wells and McComas were buried together and exhumed twice before finally being laid to rest here with great fanfare in 1858. A funeral song and dramatic play commemorated the reburial.

Who Really Killed Ross?
A monument to Aquila Randall stands near the place where Ross fell prior to the Battle of North Point. Some accounts claim 24-year-old Randall fired the shot that killed the British general.

“And in the glorious list of the patriots, whose blood has consecrated that starry flag, unborn ages of freeman shall read with pride, the names of the Boy Martyrs of Baltimore.”
Closing lines of the Boy Martyrs, Clifton W. Tayleure, 1858.

(Inscription below the photo on the left)
Wells and McComas lay in state in side-by-side caskets at Maryland Institute before reburial in 1858. Image/Courtesy

Wells and McComas Monument image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
2. Wells and McComas Monument
Maryland Historical Society.

(Inscription under the photo on the right)
Death of Genl. Ross at Baltimore by Alonzo Chippel, 1859. Image/Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
 
Location. 39° 17.868′ N, 76° 36.102′ W. Marker is in Oldtown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Monument Street and Asquith Street on Monument Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Charles W. Simmons (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Dunbar High School (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Joe Gans and the Goldfield Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1781 Friends Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The General’s Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away); McKim Free School (approx. half a mile away); On to Yorktown (approx. half a mile away).
 
Panel 1-Daniel Wells image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
3. Panel 1-Daniel Wells
Born Dec 30th, 1784. Killed Sept. 12th 1814, at the Battle of North Point aged 19 years 8 months and 13 days.
Panel 2-Henry G. McComas image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 18, 2014
4. Panel 2-Henry G. McComas
Born Sept. 20th, 1796. Killed Sept. 12th 1814, at the Battle of North Point aged 18 years 11 months and 22 days.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on July 31, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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