[color photograph of Baron DeKalb statue] Statue of Baron Johann DeKalb, State House grounds, Annapolis, Maryland, May 1999. Photo by Diane P. Frese.

Baron DeKalb (1721-1780) led the Maryland Line at the Battle of Camden, August 16, 1780. In South Carolina, he died at Camden on August 19, 1780, from wounds received in that battle.

Chair: John T. Willis, Secretary of State

Appointed by Governor: Brig. Gen. Edmund G. Beacham, M.D. (Ret.); Col. Alonzo D. Black, Jr., Esq.; Thomas E. Bratten, Jr.; Ulysses G. Demond III; Col. Howard S. Freedlander; Lt. Gen. (MD) James F. Fretterd; Lt. Col. Frank Kobilis; Nancy N. Kurtz; Barrett L. McKown; James K. Owens; Calvin E. Patton; Orlando Ridout V; Thomas J. Rostkowski; Richard J. Santos; Brig. Gen. Philip Sherman (Ret.); John C. Sprague; Daniel C. Toomey.

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The Governor established the Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments in January 1989 (Executive Order 01.01.1989.02). The Commission inventories Maryland military monuments. Each monument is identified by name, date of construction, location, and original sponsorship. Current ownership of both the monument and its site is noted with a complete description of the monument, including its construction materials; condition; theme; inscriptions, if any; and who is responsible for maintenance.

To restore damaged monuments, the Commission determines the cost and secures funds. The Commission also assigns responsibility for maintenance of each monument and prepares educational and tourism materials for public distribution.

Appointed by the Governor, the Commission consists of up to twenty-one members. The Secretary of State serves as chair.

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