Tag Archives: War of 1812

After the Burn

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When last we saw President James Madison, it was August 26, 1814 and he was in Brookeville, Maryland. The British had set the White House ablaze and the President, after fleeing the Battle of Bladensburg with the defeated American troops … Continue reading

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I Am Impressed

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Heave, ho, heave, ho.  I was pulling on a rope with about 15 other people, trying to raise a sail on a British Navy schooner.  It was June 1814, and we were about to engage in the Battle of St. … Continue reading

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Grumpy McGrump at Fort McHenry

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“What are you doing, all alone?” I asked a man in early 19th century military uniform, sitting at a desk in an exhibit room at Fort McHenry. He stared at me for a moment, as if annoyed at being engaged.  “Waiting,” he … Continue reading

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The Sublime

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When we told him that we were going to Natural Bridge one morning, our innkeeper warned us, “Don’t be put off by the tacky gift shop, where you buy your ticket.  I’ve had guests who have just turned around and … Continue reading

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