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Partners / Links

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

 

Montgomery County Government

 

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

 

Montgomery County Department of Parks

 

The Washington Revels

 

Montgomery County Historical Society

 

Conference and Visitors Bureau of Montgomery County

 

C&O Canal National Historical Park

 

Peerless Rockville

 

Montgomery Preservation Inc.

 

Sandy Spring Civic Association

 

Historic Medley District, Inc

 

C&O Canal Trust

 

Sugarloaf Regional Trails

 

 

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During the War of 1812, when the British burned parts of Washington D.C., the Federal government and troops fled the capital. President James Madison first fled to Virginia, but then turned north. He arrived in Rockville at 6:00 PM on August 26, 1814, expecting to find General John Henry Winder and his troops. As they had already proceeded on towards Baltimore, President Madison continued eastward and arrived in Brookeville that night on horseback. It is reported that he carried with him a strongbox which contained the entire U.S. Treasury. He stayed in the home of Caleb Bentley, whose wife Henrietta Thomas was close friends with Dolley Madison. President Madison stayed up all night, dispatching orders, while soldiers remained on guard outside. After the British left Washington D.C. they sailed to Baltimore, where they attacked Fort McHenry and were repulsed. Upon hearing that news, Madison returned to Washington D.C.

On the morning of August 26, President Madison wrote this note to his wife:
" Finding out that our army has left Montgomery Court House, we pushed on to this place, with a view to join it, or proceed to the city, as further information might prescribe. I have just received a line from Colonel Monroe saying that the enemy  were out of Washington on the retreat to their ships and advising our immediate return to Washington. I know not where we are in the first instance to hide our heads; but shall look for a place on my arrival."
 

The United States Mint is now selling the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins. For more information on purchasing the gold and silver coins call 1-800-USA-MINT or visit www.USMint.gov/catalog