Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fleeing the Executive Mansion
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Saving Washington's Portrait
Before leaving, Dolley Madison ordered servants to save the large Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. This iconic portrait is displayed today in the White House as one of America's most cherished paintings. Many of Gilbert Stuart's portraits of presidents and eminent Washingtonians can be viewed at the National Portrait Gallery.
“And now, dear sister, I must leave this house, or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it … When I shall again write you, or where
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 at the Battle of Bladensburg. Maryland. British troops marched on Washington with devastating results.
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Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; Cultural Tourism DC.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • War of 1812 • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 24, 1814.
Location. 38° 54.004′ N, 77° 2.102′ W. Marker is in Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of H Street Northwest and Madison Place Northwest, on the right when traveling east. At the Northeast corner of Lafayette Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dolly Madison House (a few steps from this marker); Kosciuszko (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cosmos Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Ashburton House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tayloe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wormley's Hotel Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. John's Church (about 400 feet away); Freedman’s Savings And Trust (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 23, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 8, 9. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.