Burning of Washington and Baltimore preparations

August 30, 1814

Letter from George Douglas, Baltimore merchant and Private, Baltimore Fencibles to a friend in Boston and commenting on the burning of Washington and defense preparations in Baltimore:

“Every American heart is bursting with shame and indignation at the catastrophe… [at Washington].  All hearts and hands have cordially united in the common cause. Everyday, almost every hour, bodies of troops are marching in to our assistance… At this moment we cannot have less than 10,000 men under arms. The whole of the hills and rising grounds [Hampstead Hill] to the eastward of the city are covered with horse-foot and artillery exercises and training from morning until night…”

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