Thomas Jefferson Papers

James W. Wallace to Thomas Jefferson, 13 September 1814

From James W. Wallace

Aquia* Sept 13th 14

Dear sir

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.

Respects to the Monticello1 family & Mrs & Mr Bankhead
God bless you Sir

James W. Wallace

NB. I shall See you in a few days


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).

1Manuscript: “Monticllo.”

Authorial notes

[The following note(s) appeared in the margins or otherwise outside the text flow in the original source, and have been moved here for purposes of the digital edition.]

* 8 miles below Dumfries

Index Entries

  • 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
  • Wallace, James Westwood; plans visit to Charlottesville search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; reports on military activity search
  • War of1812; Battle of Bladensburg search
  • War of1812; British destruction in Washington search
  • War of1812; defense of Baltimore search
  • War of1812; defense of Washington search
  • Washington (D.C.); British destruction in search
  • Washington (D.C.); defenses of search
  • Winder, William Henry; and Battle of Bladensburg search
  • Winder, William Henry; and defense of Baltimore search