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Saving the Declaration of Independence
RealClearHistory.com, by Ryan Cole

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Posted By:ketchuplover, 8/25/2014 10:35:04 PM

Two hundred years ago on Aug. 24, the U.S. Capitol and the White House went up in flames. If not for the quick thinking of a State Department clerk, the Declaration of Independence, and many other documents dating to the founding, would have as well. On the morning of Aug. 20, 1814, Secretary of State James Monroe stood atop a bluff near Aquasco Mills, and gazed three miles south toward Benedict, a village on Maryland’s Patuxent River. Though he was without a spyglass, through squinted eyes Monroe spotted British ships coming up the river and their soldiers coming ashore. With that,

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How many school children are hearing this story? I just learned about the tornado that hit Washington, D.C. the day after the British burned the White House, Library of Congress, the U.S. Treasury Bldg, and others. The tornado ripped through the city and killed more British soldiers than the American defenders. Then came the rain in torrents, dousing the flames ignited by the British marauders. The fact that this is so obviously divine intervention- -is that what´s keeping it from being taught in our schools?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: HPmatt, 8/25/2014 10:42:48 PM     (No. 9981077)

I thought it was going t/b about Sandy Burgler and the Clintons.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/25/2014 10:43:20 PM     (No. 9981079)

Well, it´s not the British that are coming.
Where are the patriots ?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hammock, 8/25/2014 11:05:32 PM     (No. 9981104)

Story of an unknown hero.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: shurnuff, 8/25/2014 11:10:06 PM     (No. 9981109)

Why wasn´t he away vacationing at Martha´s Vineyard?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 8/26/2014 12:04:17 AM     (No. 9981165)

The Red Coats were early Obamaists.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Penney, 8/26/2014 12:18:44 AM     (No. 9981183)

This looks like an excellent history site to bookmark! Thanks for posting this particular article!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 8/26/2014 1:24:51 AM     (No. 9981222)

I sent this to my dad. He loves history as much as I do. Thanks for posting this.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: belwhatter, 8/26/2014 3:04:10 AM     (No. 9981245)

Printed and saved for posterity.Thank you for bringing this article to our attention.

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