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Battle of North Point
George, Christopher, "Battle of North Point," My Edgemere (2002-2004), <>.

In 1814, Major General Robert Ross was commander of the British at North Point. He had almost 30 years of battle experience, including the Napoleonic Wars. Upon the sign that the Americans were building their defenses, Ross halted the frontmost part of his force in order to let the rest catch up. Robert Ross had stopped at the farm of Robert Gorsuch.1
Major General Robert Ross
George, Christopher, "MG Rober Tross," My Edgemere (2002-2004), <>.

Brigadier General John Stricker
George, Christopher, "MG Rober Tross," My Edgemere (2002-2004), <>.
On the American side, in Captain Edward Aisquith's Militia Rifle Company were two young privates (both in their late teens), Daniel Wells and Henry McComas. Brigadier General John Stricker ordered the company, nearly 230 men, and one cannon to force Ross out of the Gorsuch farm.1

Around 1 PM that day, Wells and McComas met Ross at the Gorsuch farm. Upon later study of the scene, it was apparent that the muskets of Wells and McComas were unloaded, while Ross had suffered wounds in his right arm and chest. McComas seemed to have been shot as he reloaded his weapon, and Wells was shot while he was behind McComas. Daniel Wells, Henry McComas, and Robert Ross were all dead that day.1

However, Aquilla Randall, an American soldier, was also found dead near the scene. No one witnessed the death of Robert Ross, so no one can say for certain that either Wells, McComas, or both had killed Ross. However, Daniel Wells and Henry McComas were celebrated after their death for their supposed defeat of Ross.1

     1 George, Christopher, "Wells & McComas," My Edgemere (2002-2004), <>.

     2 MultiEducator, Inc, "United States Declares War on Great Britain," History Central (2003) <>.

     3 Feldmeth, Greg D., "Key Events & Causes: War of 1812," U.S. History Resources (1998), 31 March 1998 <>.

     4 Streufert, Duane, "Francis Scott Key," The Flag of the United States of America (1994), 20 November, 1994 <>.