Today marks another bicentennial in the presidency of James Madison!!!! :
May 16th, 1811:
In the wake of the Guerriere-Spitfire incident of May 1st (an impressment that aroused a public outcry), Captain John Rodgers of the 44-gun American frigate President has been ordered to protect American shipping off New York harbor. The President chases and engages a vessel thought to be the British frigate Guerriere, but which turns out to be the British 20-gun corvette Little Belt. The Little Belt is disabled, with nine seamen killed and 23 wounded. American minister to Great Britain William Pinkney sets sail also around this time for the United States, leaving a diplomatic impasse between England and America.
To come: May 20th, the celebration of the 243rd birthday of James Madison’s wife, Dolley Payne Todd Madison! 🙂