In august 22,1814 James Madison left to meet with his generals on the battlefield, as British troops threatened to enter the capitol. Before leaving, he asked his wife Dolley if she had the “courage or firmness” to wait for his intended return the next day.
dolley I must leave to bladensburges
George Cockburn, set his eyes on Washington, D.C., telling a superior that the city “might be possessed without difficulty or opposition of any kind”in February 1814.A Major General Robert Ross led a British force to go a burned down building , Presidential Mansion and Capitol building, as well as other facilities of the U.S. government.
dolley gather important state papers and be prepared to abandon the White House at any moment.
quickly we must gather the documents
British troops marched into Washington and set fire to the U.S. Capitol
When the British arrived at the White House, they found that President James Madison and his first lady Dolley had already fled to safety in Maryland. Soldiers reportedly sat down to eat a meal made of leftover food from the White House scullery
what do we have here ?
this food looks so tasteful and delicious to enjoy
Dolley consented to leave the White House only after arranging for the safety of a full-length George Washington portrait.