Writings of James Madison, Volume 3

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Author: James Madison

Note to the Secretary of War.

AUGUST 12, 1814.

Note to the Secretary of War, on letters from him to Brown of July 19, and to Izard of July 27 and August 2, with a memorandum of the Secretary on the two last, "that in case the attack on Kingston be rendered impracticable, and that the moment of ascendency on the Lake Ontario may not be lost, 2,000 of Izard’s men may be carried to the west end of the lake to join Gaines; being landed on the east side of Niagara and marched rapidly to Lewistown and Buffalo. When united, to reduce Forts Gaines and Niagara. Izard to command. Of the remainder of Izard’s army, 2,000 to begin to fortify on the St. Lawrence; the balance, 500, to relieve militia at Sackett’s Harbour, and assist in manning the armed barges. J.A."

It becomes more and more evident that without a direct and constant correspondence and understanding, of which no proof is seen, between Izard, Brown, and the commanding officer at Sackett’s Harbour, (as well as between them and the naval commander,)no system of operations can take place. Communications from Buffalo, to Plattsburg, on the St. Lawrence, and vice versa, through Washington, with particular instructions founded thereon, must be inadequate; the more so, as the plans and movements on the lines must depend on the varying strength and movements of the enemy, which will be known there before they reach Washington; and as the instructions may become inapplicable before they arrive.

Will not Izard be too late on the St. Lawrence to prevent the transportation of troops and stores from Montreal, and consequently the 2,000 men be now misapplied in establishing a post for that purpose?

If he is to proceed with 2,000 to the head of Lake Ontario, ought not communications thereon to be immediately had with the Navy Department, and the measure to be conditioned on the safety of Sackett’s Harbour?

What arrangements exist for Militia aid from Vermont or New York for the security of the posts on Lake Champlain, in case reinforcements should enable the enemy to direct attach there as well as elsewhere in the absence of the force with Izard?

JAMES MADISON.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "Note to the Secretary of War.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 3 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.416 Original Sources, accessed August 22, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q7UETHE54JSZ2U3.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "Note to the Secretary of War." Writings of James Madison, Volume 3, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.416, Original Sources. 22 Aug. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q7UETHE54JSZ2U3.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'Note to the Secretary of War.' in Writings of James Madison, Volume 3. cited in , James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.416. Original Sources, retrieved 22 August 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q7UETHE54JSZ2U3.