by David Risselada, Freedom Outpost:
The British invaded Washington, D.C. and burned the Capitol on August 25, 1814. President James and Dolly Madison had to flee the White House.
A week later, on SEPTEMBER 1, 1814, President Madison wrote:
“The enemy by a sudden incursion has succeeded in invading the capitol of the nation…During their possession…though for a single day only, they wantonly destroyed the public edifices…
An occasion which appeals so forcibly to the…patriotic devotion of the American people, none will forget.”
James Madison continued:
“Independence…is now to be maintained…with the strength and resources which…Heaven has blessed.”
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