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James Madison was briefly in charge of troops readying for the Battle of Bladensburg, where British forces forced the crossing of the Anacostia River, took, and burned Washington, DC. Madison was convinced to depart before the battle actually got underway, as I recall.

Abraham Lincoln may have been fired upon by a Confederate sniper while visiting Washington, DC's outer fortifications during the Civil War.

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