To Honor the Heroes
Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Here on the North Point battlefield, the First Mechanical Volunteers dedicated a monument in 1817 to fallen comrade Aquila Randall. Nearby, Battle Acre was dedicated in 1839 for a monument to all the citizen-soldiers.
“I can picture to myself the sensation of those who in far distant days will contemplate this monument…and the melancholy event which as caused our assemblage at this spot.”
Captain Benjamin C. Howard dedicating the Aquila Randall Monument, July 21, 1817.
Who Fired the Shot?
British commander Robert Ross was killed in a skirmish prior to the Battle of North Point. A monument in Baltimore honors Daniel Wells and Henry McComas, who some say fired the fatal shot; others credit Aquila Randall.
(Inscription beside the Aquila Randall Monument)
The monument to Aquila Randall as it appeared in the 1850s was
(Inscription beside the Wells and McComas Monument)
The monument to local heroes Daniel Wells and Henry McComas is shown decorated for Baltimore’s sesquicentennial in 1880.
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. A significant historical date for this entry is July 21, 1899.
Location. 39° 16.71′ N, 76° 29.164′ W. Marker is in Dundalk, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on North Point Road. The marker is located in North Point Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dundalk MD 21222, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Proud of Our Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); Hitting Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Squeeze Tactic (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Delay Tactic (about 400 feet away); Home of the Brave (about 400 feet away); The Conflict upon this Battle Field (about 500 feet away); At Patapsco Neck (about 500 feet away); Defenders Honored (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dundalk.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 585 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.