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Colonel William Watson Monument in Reservoir Hill

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W North Avenue & W Mount Royal Avenue (Street View)

GPS: 39° 18′ 39.60″ N 76° 37′ 31.80″ W


Col. William Watson (1808-1846) commanded the Battalion of Baltimore and District of Columbia Volunteers during the Mexican-American War. He was killed at the storming of Monterrey on September 22, 1846. The bronze and granite monument to Watson was installed in 1903 by the Maryland Association of Veterans of the Mexican War and was created by Maryland’s own Edward Berge. Watson is mentioned in the fourth verse of the state song “Maryland, My Maryland.”


Originally placed at W Mount Royal Avenue and Lanvale Street, in front of the Maryland Institute College of Art, the memorial was moved to its current location in 1930. The statue stands atop a tall pedestal and is surrounded by two cannon and four shot piles. Holding a sword in is right hand and a monocular in his left, the Colonel faces east down North Avenue, steadily surveying the Monumental City.



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March 12th, 2009 at 10:32 am