Ross and 'Monumental City' [Baltimore]
Death of General Ross as depicted on the Battle Monument, Baltimore.
The legacy of the exploits of General Ross are evident
in the modern-day heritage of the USA, and not only in Washington but in
Baltimore as well. President John Quincy Adams, the man responsible
for designating Baltimore as "The Monumental City”, visited it in
the fall of 1827. ‘Work had been completed on the Battle Monument
celebrating the city's defensive victory in the War of 1812 on the
site of the old court house. Construction was also well under way on
the first major memorial to George Washington… No wonder Adams gave
the city its "monumental" designation’. Among the names of 39 dead
defenders of Baltimore are Daniel Wells and Henry McComas, credited
by some with killing General Ross. Wells and McComas are
commemorated in a separate monument in the city. See
Above: The Wells & McComas Monument, Baltimore.
Above: Inscription on the Wells & McComas Monument, Baltimore.
During a visit to the city in autumn 1827, President John Quincy Adams was
‘taken to see the Aquila Randall monument, erected by the First
Mechanical Volunteers of the Fifth Regiment of Maryland militia in
memory of a member of their company killed September 12, 1814 in a
skirmish preceding the Battle of North Point. As recorded on one
side of the monument, in the same skirmish in which Private Randall
died, British General Ross "received his mortal wound." For more on
the Aquila Randall monument see