This 1904 statue of John Eager Howard by Emmanuel Frémiet stands in Mt. Vernon Square in Baltimore Maryland. The Municipal Art Society erected this statue to make up for Howard's being passed over for representation in the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. That honor went to John Carroll and John Hanson.
For a short biography of John Eager Howard see Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography or Harper's Encyclopædia of U.S. History.
John Eager Howard
by Benson Lossing in Harper's Encyclopædia
John Eager Howard
Cindy Kelly says that “To create an equestrian monument of Howard, the society commissioned one of the foremost French sculptors of the nineteenth century, Emmanuel Frémiet. Next to Barye, who was an early rival, Frémiet was considered the finest French animalier.”
On the rear (south) end of the base of the statue is a bronze reproduction on the gold medal by Benjamin Duvivier that Congress awarded Howard for his heroics at the Battle of Cowpens.
JOH. (Johanni) EGAR. (sic) HOWARD LEGIONIS PEDITUM PRÆFECTO
(The American Congress to John Eager Howard, commander of a regiment of infantry.)
This iconography of the obverse of this medal is described in Medallic History of the United States by Loubat and Jacquemart, 1878.
Lieutenant-Colonel Howard, on horseback, is in pursuit of a foot-soldier of the enemy who is carrying away a standard. A winged Victory hovers over him, holding in her right hand a crown of laurel, and in her left a palm branch.
The reverse of the medal says:
IN NUTANTEM HOSTIUM ACIEM
PRAECLARUM BELLICAE VIRTUTIS
IN PUGNA AD COWPENS
XVII. JAN. (Januarii) MDCCLXXXI.
(Because by rushing suddenly on the wavering lines of the enemy, he gave a brilliant example of martial courage at the battle of the Cowpens, January 17, 1781)
This charge is referred to in “Maryland, My Maryland,” our former state song, as “Howard's warlike thrust.”
The medal we see hanging from Howard's button on the statue is his congressional medal.
And here Col. Howard competes with traffic on Charles Street near the Washington Monument.
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