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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2019 2:41 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?



Vincent the Librarian15 Jan 2019 3:58 p.m. PST

Surprised that the article didn't mention that it was the only time that the Commander in Chief (ie the US President Madison)commanded troops in the field. Before the Battle of Bladensburg, President Madison came upon the battlefield and ordered troops to move to new positions, which added to the disaster.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2019 10:59 a.m. PST

Good point my friend.


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2019 11:01 a.m. PST

Good point re President Madison but it was Secretary of State (Colonel) Armstrong who ordered two battalions of Stansbury's Brigade to retire (without advising Winder or Stansbury), which left the right battalions and guns around the bridge with their left flank exposed. Ultimately it was a factor in the rout of Stansbury's brigade.

However, Madison nearly blundered into the British advance elements while crossing the Bladensburg bridge. Mr Richardson, recently fired by Madison, persuaded the president to turn around or risk being captured by the British.

As to the article it is a brief synopsis of the pre war and war that would have been useful if it was footnoted.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2019 10:47 a.m. PST



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