Bicentennial of the President vs. Little Belt, May 16th, 1811

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! 🙂


About presidentjamesmadison

I am a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, and a fervent scholar and interpreter of our 4th President and Father of the US Constitution, James Madison I have been studying James Madison meticulously and abundantly for over 5 years. I've studied just about every book about him (secondary resources), and read his writings often (primary resources). I continue to study with a passion and devotion that I still am trying to understand in humility, as it grows greater daily:) I believe that my passion for Madison is a gift from God. I will use it for the rest of my life to give God all the glory and honor, and to continue to uplift James Madison's legacy at James Madison University, James Madison's Montpelier, and throughout the nation. I am flattered to have become JMU's unofficial interpreter of James Madison. I represent him at events/programs/presentations/debates quite frequently, as I resemble Madison exactly, via height, weight, lifestyle, views, personality, and facial feature.
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