Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

The British invaded Washington, D.C. The Capitol was burned. President James and Dolly Madison fled the White House. On this day, Sept. 1, 1814, President Madison wrote: “The enemy by a sudden incursion has succeeded in invading the Capitol of the nation. … During their possession … though for a single day only, they wantonly destroyed the public edifices. … An occasion which appeals so forcibly to the … patriotic devotion of the American people, none will forget. … Independence … is now to be maintained … with the strength and resources which … Heaven has blessed.”