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

To Honor the Heroes

Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
To Honor the Heroes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2015
1. To Honor the Heroes Marker
Inscription. Baltimore successfully resisted the British assault in September 1814, thanks to thousands of determined volunteer citizen-soldiers. The following year a grateful city laid the cornerstone for the Battle Monument in downtown Baltimore, the first War of 1812 memorial in the nation.

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 originally located where General Ross fell.

(Inscription beside the Wells and McComas Monument)
The monument to local heroes Daniel Wells and Henry McComas is shown decorated for Baltimore’s

To Honor the Heroes Marker-Distant shot of the North Point Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2015
2. To Honor the Heroes Marker-Distant shot of the North Point Battlefield
sesquicentennial in 1880.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 16.71′ N, 76° 29.164′ W. Marker is in Dundalk, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on North Point Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in North Point Battlefield. 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. 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); At Patapsco Neck (about 500 feet away); Defenders Honored (about 500 feet away); The Conflict upon this Battle Field (about 500 feet away); Witness to Battle (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dundalk.
 
Also see . . .
1. Aquila Randall Monument. HMdb. (Submitted on October 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Young Martyrs. HMdb. (Submitted on October 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
To Honor the Heroes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2015
3. To Honor the Heroes Marker
Across North Point Road from St. Casimir's Saving Bank at 3101 North Point Road.
 

3. The Battle Monument. HMdb. (Submitted on October 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The Battle Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2015
4. The Battle Monument
An 1823 engraving of Battle Monument by its designer Maximilian Godefroy
Close-up of image on marker
The Aquila Randall Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2015
5. The Aquila Randall Monument
The monument to Aquila Randall as it appeared in the 1850s was originally located where General Ross fell.
Close-up of image on marker
The Wells and McComas Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2015
6. The Wells and McComas Monument
The monument to local heroes Daniel Wells and Henry McComas is shown decorated for Baltimore’s sesquicentennial in 1880.
Close-up of photo on marker
The Battle Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
7. The Battle Monument
The Aquila Randal Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2015
8. The Aquila Randal Monument

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.
The Wells and McComas Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 31, 2011
9. The Wells and McComas Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 6, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   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.
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