Battle of Bladensburg quotes

August 24, 1814
Battle of Bladensburg

“President Madison met with Commodore Joshua Barney shortly before the battle and was surprised that Barney's crew included several free blacks. The President asked Barney if he were afraid the blacks would run from a battle. Barney …. (replied), “No, sir. They don't know how to run. They will die by their guns first…… “
(When Barney was wounded and other American forces were running in retreat, some of his crew stayed with him and were captured with Barney. When the wounded Barney was brought before the British Admiral Cockburn), Cockburn said, "I regret to see you in this state, Commodore" and sent him to receive medical care.”

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