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Daniel Wells, Henry McComas

Daniel Wells, Henry McComas

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

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.

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.

Website: https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=154032

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Posted By: Ray Gurganus

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Updated: 8-11-2020