From James W. Wallace
Aquia* Sept 13th 14
A stage passenger this (11 oclock AM) moment from Baltimore, says the Enemy has landed 12 miles below Baltimore; and that our army (17,000 strong) has gone to meet him.
If Winder has the command of the Militia Baltimore will share the fate Washington.
James W. Wallace
NB. I shall See you in a few days
J W W
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 21 Sept. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.
Brigadier General William Henry winder commanded the American forces at the disastrous battle of Bladensburg. Despite questions about his leadership, James Monroe, as acting secretary of war, placed Winder under Major General Samuel Smith of the Maryland militia during the American defense of Baltimore (Malcomson, Historical Dictionary description begins Robert Malcomson, Historical Dictionary of the War of 1812, 2006 description ends , 41–3, 611–2).
1. Manuscript: “Monticllo.”
- Baltimore, Md.; militia of search
- Bankhead, Ann (Anne) Cary Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter; Charles Lewis Bankhead’s wife); greetings to search
- Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); greetings to search
- Bladensburg, Battle of search
- Monroe, James; as secretary of state search
- Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); as major general search
- Wallace, James Westwood; letters from search
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- Wallace, James Westwood; reports on military activity search
- War of1812; Battle of Bladensburg search
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- Winder, William Henry; and Battle of Bladensburg search
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