Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The British Invasion of Monticello 1781

The program for the British Invasion of Monticello began with Thomas Jefferson sharing his memories of that day in 1781 from the steps of his portico.


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He then stepped to the side terrace so we could see and experience the action for ourselves.

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Thus we stepped back in time, to June 4, 1781 when Jack Jouett rode furiously to Monticello.

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A younger Jefferson walked out of the house, calmly greeting the anxious Jouett.

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Jouett explained to Jefferson that the British were coming and that he must flee immediately. Jefferson calmly offered him refreshment, which the slave, Martin Hemings, was pouring (in this photo).

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At last Jouett gallops away...

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...leaving a calm and thoughtful Thomas Jefferson talking to his slave,  Martin Hemings.

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He sends his wife and daughter away, and eventually Jefferson leaves as well.

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And not a moment too soon, because here comes Captain McLeod of the British Legion!

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Alas...no Jefferson. He actually escaped! And here he is years later telling his story to the many guests who have come to here him retell of that day.

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For more of the amazing details of the story, a forthcoming post  will tell about our meeting with Jack Jouett, the hero of the day. Many have dubbed him as the Paul Revere of the South. Stay tuned!

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