9.01.2014

Letter to Secretary of the Navy Jones From His Wife About the Bladensburg Battlefield

1 Sept 1814

Letter from his wife to Secretary of the Navy Jones on what she saw when passing through the Bladensburg battlefield:

My Dear Husband,

We have separated under such distressing circumstances that I know not what evil awaits me – Now I can indulge a hope of being soon relieved from the most awful apprehensions of your safety.

……..A view of the ground where the Battle was fought, and the Graves of the fallen Men, the cannon near which Commodore Barney lost his horse and where they buried it excited the most painful sensations, particularly on seeing the foot of one above the earth. Passing the hospitals in Bladensburgh we saw the wounded, Americans, and British, and preparations to bury an English soldier just expired – On the road we met our heroes of the Navy with their crews, the Marines, cavalry and 800 regulars…..May the Almighty guard you in the hour of dangers prays your affectionate Wife

Eleanor Jones

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