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Bladensburg, battle of. In 1814 General Winder warned the President and his cabinet of the danger to the national capital from a contemplated invasion by the British. The obstinate and opinionated Secretary of War (Armstrong) would not listen; but when Admiral Cochrane appeared in Chesapeake Bay with a powerful land and naval force, the alarmed Secretary gave Winder a carte blanche, almost, to do as he pleased in defending the capital. Com. Joshua Barney was in command of a flotilla in the bay, composed of an armed schooner and thirteen barges. These were driven into the Patuxent River, up which the flotilla was taken to a point beyond the reach of the British vessels, and where it might assist in the defence of either Washington or Baltimore, whichever city the British might attack. To destroy this flotilla, more than 5,000 regulars, marines, and negroes were landed at Benedict, with three cannon; and the British commander, Gen. Robert Ross, boasted that he would wipe out Bar
Bladensburg, battle of. In 1814 General Winder warned the President and his cabinet of the danger to the national capital from a contemplated invasion by the British. The obstinate and opiniona
oss, who had been joined by Cockburn and his sailors ready for plunder.
The Bridge at Bladensburg in 1861. night (April 23) the British encamped within 10 miles of the capital.
At the latter ity or Fort Washington was the intended destination of the invaders, Winder left a force near Bladensburg, and with other troops closely watched the highways leading in other directions.
The anxio his headquarters, a courier came in hot haste to tell them that the British were marching on Bladensburg.
Winder sent troops immediately to reinforce those already there, and soon followed in perso gly bewildered cabinet.
As the British descended the hills and pressed towards the bridge at Bladensburg, they commenced hurling rockets at the exposed Americans.
They were repulsed at first by the