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Collection Reference Number GLC07367
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1815 
Title William Thornton to William Thornton discussing European politics and war
Date 24 June 1815
Author Thornton, William (1759-1828)  
Recipient Thornton, William  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses British General Thornton's valor and wounds received at the Battle of Bladensburg and the Battle of New Orleans. Also critically discusses European politics and war, and assesses Napoleon at length. Notes that Thornton's capture and burning of Washington, D.C., may have saved the capital, since "Great exertions were repeatedly made in different years to remove the seat of government" but now Congress was determined to repair the damage. The author, also named William Thornton, had served as the architect of the United States capitol building, which General Thornton burned, until 1802.
Subjects Battle  War of 1812  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Washington, D.C.  Wartime Pillaging and Destruction  Politics  Napoleonic Wars  France  
People Thornton, William (1759-1828)  Thornton, William (1763-1841)  Bonaparte, Napoleon (1769-1821)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme War of 1812; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859