[North face] –
• THE FIRST MECHANICAL VOLUNTEERS, Commanded by Capt. B.C. Howard, in the 5th Regiment, M.M. HAVE ERECTED THIS MONUMENT, As a tribute of their respect for THE MEMORY OF THEIR GALLANT BROTHER IN ARMS.
• In the skirmish which occurred at this spot between the advanced party under Major Rich’d K. Heath of the 5th Regiment,’ Maryland Militia and the front of the British column, Major General Ross, the commander of the British force, received his mortal wound.