8.24.2014

Letter from Sec. of Navy Jones to Master Commandant John O; Creighton re: destruction of Eastern Branch bridge

August 24, 1814
SECRETARY OF THE NAVY JONES TO MASTER COMMANDANT JOHN O. CREIGHTON
Capt. O. Creighton Navy Department
U.S. Navy, Present, August 24th 1814
Sir,
Commodore Barney, who was charged with the defence or destruction of the Bridge over the Eastern Branch, having by direction of the President, been ordered to join Genl. Winder at Bladensburg, you are specially charged with the eventual destruction of that Bridge, for which purpose a Sergeants guard of Marines, has been detailed & placed under your command.
You will see that sufficient combustibles are properly placed so as to explode & destroy the Bridge effectually on the instant the Enemy may approach its vicinity, which you will determine by a good look out or by such information as you may deem satisfactory.
This object is of vital importance, & I rely with confidence upon your vigilance. Having performed this duty you will unite with Como. Tingey in preparing for the destruction of such vessels, magazines & Public Stores, as cannot be removed.—
I am respectfully etc.
W.  Jones

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