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Barney Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Heroes of 1814

 

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Heroes of 1814 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 25, 2015
1. Heroes of 1814 Marker
Inscription. Congressional Cemetery, founded 1807, is the resting ground for many War of 1812 figures. Among them are Navy Yard Commandant Thomas Tingey, the first architect of the Capitol, Dr. William Thornton, State Department Clerk Stephen Pleasonton, and National Intelligencer newspaper editor Joseph Gales. Chocktaw Indian Chief Pushmataha, who served with Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, is also buried here.

Joseph Gale’s grave maker memorializes the editor of the National Intelligencer as “a journalist of the highest integrity.” Congressional Cemetery

Saving the Declaration
Thanks to Stephen Pleasonton, the Declaration of Independence escaped the flames of August 1814. Just before the British arrived, Pleasonton rounded up 22 carts, loaded them with the nation’s most precious documents, and led them to safety in Leesburg, Virginia. Stephen Pleasonton, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Choctaw Chief Pushmataha, Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Basement chamber in Leesburg, VA that stored precious federal documents. Photograph by Ralph Eshelman

In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans

Wide view of Heroes of 1814 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 24, 2015
2. Wide view of Heroes of 1814 Marker
The marker is directly to the right of the entrance gate to the cemetery.
at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, British troops marched on Washington with devastating results.

The Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail reveals sites of the War of 1812 in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Visit ChesapeakeExplorerApp.com or download the Chesapeake Explorer App.
 
Erected by National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 52.962′ N, 76° 58.745′ W. Marker is in Barney Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on E Street SE, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 E Street SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Congressional Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); General Peterson Goodwyn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elbridge Gerry (about 400 feet away); John Philip Sousa (about 600 feet away); U.S. Arsenal Explosion Memorial (about 600 feet away); Barney at Bladensburg (about 700 feet away); "The Healing Poles" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seafarers Yacht Club (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Barney Circle.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar of 1812

 
Choctaw chief Pushmataha image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
3. Choctaw chief Pushmataha
Close-up of Charles Bird King painting on marker
Stephen Pleasonton image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
4. Stephen Pleasonton
Close-up of photo on marker
Basement Chamber in Leesburg, VA that stored precious federal documents image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
5. Basement Chamber in Leesburg, VA that stored precious federal documents
Close-up of Ralph Eshelman photo on marker
Stephen Pleasonton image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 14, 2015
6. Stephen Pleasonton
Died
Feb. 1855
Push – Ma – Ta – Ha image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
7. Push – Ma – Ta – Ha
A Choctaw Chief Lies Here. This Monument to his memory is erected by his brother chiefs Who were associated with him in a Delegation from their nation, In the year 1824, to the General Government of the United States
Push – Ma – Ta – Ha image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
8. Push – Ma – Ta – Ha
Push – Ma – Ta – Ha was a warrior of great distinction. He was wise in council — eloquent in an extraordinary degree, and on all occasions & under all circumstances the white man's friend.

He died in Washington, on the 24th of December, 1824, of the croup, in the 60th year of his age. Among his last words were following: “When I am gone, let the big guns be fired over me.”
Sacred to the Memory of<br>Commodore Thomas Tingley image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
9. Sacred to the Memory of
Commodore Thomas Tingley
Sacred to the memory of<br>William Thornton image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
10. Sacred to the memory of
William Thornton
who departed this life on the 28th of March 1828 Aged 67.
Joseph Gales Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 14, 2015
11. Joseph Gales Monument
In Memory of<br>Joseph Gales image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 14, 2015
12. In Memory of
Joseph Gales
For more than half a century the leading editor of The National Intelligencer. A journalist of the highest integrity, ability,and accomplishments. Born in Sheffield, England. April 10, 1786. Died at Eckington, D.C. July 21, 1860.

This Monument is erected by representatives of the American press in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
Commodore John Rodgers image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
13. Commodore John Rodgers
Commodore Rodgers fired the first shot of the War of 1812. He participated in the recapture of Washington and the defense of Baltimore.

Born 1772 Died Senior Officer of The United States Navy August 1st 1838 after forty one years of brilliant and important service.
General Alexander McComb image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
14. General Alexander McComb
Commander at Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814.
William E Dulin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
15. William E Dulin
Private 60th Regiment (Minor's) Virginia Militia War of 1812.
1790–March 28 1830
 
 
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