Grave of McComas and Wells
Published: September 19, 2012
Before there was Ray Lewis and Cal Ripken Jr., or Johnny U. and Brooksie, Baltimore had Daniel Wells and Henry McComas, the teens from Mobtown who killed the feared British general Robert Ross, quite possibly saved the city or even the country, and paid the ultimate price in the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. McComas and Wells, “the boy martyrs of Baltimore,” were legends in their time, and their bodies were exhumed from a potter’s field in 1854 and moved to their current location in Old Town. By 1873, the beautiful 21-foot marble obelisk that now marks the final resting place of Baltimore’s greatest heroes was built and still stands as a fitting tribute to two boys and the struggling Old Town Baltimore neighborhood that many have forgotten.