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had no cavalry and made few prisoners. The Americans called,

the retreat " The Bladensburg Races." Captain McLean Company took possession of the President's house; h evidently expected a victory, he had at least 10,000 men the field and we were under 5,000. His table was laid fo a large dinner party and the dinner was all ready in the kitchen. Our soldiers soon dished the dinner and rejoiced,, over Mr. Madison's good cheer.' The other regiments involved in this action were the King's Own Royal Regiment, the Essex Regiment and the King's Shropshire Light Infantry.