The Man Who Captured Washington | Ross and ‘Monumental City’ [Baltimore]
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Ross and ‘Monumental City’ [Baltimore]

Ross and ‘Monumental City’ [Baltimore]

Above: 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