President Madison, upon advision from his cabinet, and Congress had made the call only two years ago.
United States vs. BritainIn the result of a buildup lasting for these past few years, President James Madison and Congress, by the declaration of the self-proclaimed ¨War Hawks,¨ have issued a declaration of war against Great Britain any her colonies. This war will make or break Madison's presidency.It has been long coming; American trading ships have been impressed by the British Navy, their goods being stolen and their crews barbarically being forced into service for said Navy.
The declaration couldn't have come soon enough. After my uncle and brother were taken, there wasn't a soul in the family without a thirst for revenge.
Even if we lived far away from it all, in the new land the previous president, Jefferson, had bought in the Louisiana Purchase a few years prior...
there was no escaping the effects of the war; even in the face of heavy losses, I felt obligated to help.
When I got the news that the British were taking the Capitol, I ran.
I had to see the carnage with my own two eyes, and save whoever I could.
British Take The CapitolAugust 24, 1814
I have never again felt fear as I did that day. The moment I laid eyes on that Union Jack, I questioned everything.
"What could we do now?" In that moment, I knew.
We, the people of this nation, had to leave behind our sectionalism and emerge as one.
If not, when the next day dawned, we would emerge as none.