Young Martyrs

Young Martyrs (HM1IIO)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.868', W 76° 36.102'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

Daniel Wells, 19 and Henry McComas, 18, made history September 12, 1814, when they allegedly killed a British commander Major General Robert Ross. The two sharpshooters fired simultaneously. Both were quickly dead by British soldier.

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 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

Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361885 N 4351047
Decimal Degrees39.29780000, -76.60170000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.868', W 76° 36.102'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 52.08" N, 76° 36' 6.12" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 645 Aisquith St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
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