James Madison & the Attack on Washington DC

American Founder, James Madison

American Minute with Bill Federer

The British invaded Washington, D.C. The Capitol was burned. President James and Dolly Madison fled the White House.

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.

Less than 3 months later, November 1814, President Madison wrote:

The two Houses of the National Legislature having by a joint resolution expressed their desire that in the present time of public calamity and war a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of public humiliation and fasting and of prayer to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these States, His blessing on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace.

James Madison ended:

I have deemed it proper…to recommend…a day of…humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe.

Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.