Dun­dalk ob­serves Aquil­lar Ran­dall Mon­u­ment 203rd an­niver­sary

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Dun­dalkians ob­served the 203rd an­niver­sary of the ded­i­ca­tion of the Aquila Ran­dall Mon­u­ment, which was erected on July 21, 1817.

From Bal­ti­more Her­itage:

On Bal­ti­more County’s his­toric Pat­ap­sco Neck along the Old North Point Road at the in­ter­sec­tion of Old Bat­tle Grove Road stands the sec­ond old­est known mil­i­tary mon­u­ment in Mary­land and the third old­est known in the United States. It is one of Mary­land’s least vis­ited War of 1812 sites – the Aquila Ran­dall Mon­u­ment.

On July 21, 1817, Cap­tain Ben­jamin C. Howard’s First Me­chan­i­cal Vol­un­teers formed up early in town and marched six miles to the North Point bat­tle­ground. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing them were wag­ons con­vey­ing the mon­u­ment blocks to be as­sem­bled and ded­i­cated on site that day. The mon­u­ment’s con­struc­tion was di­rected by Lt. Thomas Tow­son, a stone ma­son “who aimed at sim­plic­ity and neat­ness.” With a fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tion of white­wash it was ded­i­cated to honor Pri­vate Aquila Ran­dall a mem­ber who was killed in a skir­mish just be­fore the Bat­tle of North Point, Septem­ber 12, 1814. The com­pany was joined by other 5thMary­land Reg­i­ment of­fi­cers at the mon­u­ment while Cap­tain Howard de­liv­ered a mod­est ap­pro­pri­ate ad­dress:

“….I can pic­ture to my­self the sen­sa­tion of those who in far dis­tant days will con­tem­plate this mon­u­ment…and the melan­choly event which has caused our as­sem­blage at this spot…

This mon­u­ment which we are now erect­ing, will stand as a solemn ex­pres­sion of the feel­ing of us all…But I re­gret that the spot, which is made clas­sic by the ef­fu­sion of blood, the sport where the long line stood un-ap­palled by the sys­tem and ad­vances of an ex­pe­ri­enced and dis­ci­plined foe, has been suf­fered to re­main un­no­ticed. It is here where her ci­ti­zens stood ar­rayed sol­dier’s garb, that honors to a sol­dier’s mem­ory should have been paid. To mark the spot be then our care.…”

The in­scrip­tions on the mon­u­ment read:

• How beau­ti­ful is death, when earned by virtue.

East face side of the Aquila Ran­dall Mon­u­ment.

PHOTO BY DEVRY BECKER, COUR­TESY OF THE HIS­TOR­I­CAL MARKER DATA­BASE

The south face side of the Aquila Ran­dall Mon­u­ment.

The north face side of the Aquila Ran­dall Mon­u­ment.

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