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James Madison
President James Madison Instructs His Secretary of War to Release British Deserters Who Had Fought For the U.S. During the War of 1812 Only If the British Will Not Punish Them When They Return Home In an unpublished letter, he touches on the very subject - British deserters in U.S. service - that led him to ask for a declaration of war: “Their willingness to incur this danger [of punishment at home] will not release our humanity from the obligation"".
04/09/1816. He also works to appoint an agent for the Creek IndiansWilliam H. Crawford was U.S. ambassador to France during the negotiations to end the War of 1812. During those negotiations, he was responsible for superintending the American consuls in Europe and keeping them informed of developments. He was also an important negotiator from a distance. He was called home and appointed Secretary of War by President James Madison on August 1, 1815, succeeding James Monroe. Crawford served in the post about a year, and was then named Secretary of the Treasury by Madison. When Monroe entered the White House, he continued Crawford in office, and Crawford remained at Treasury until the end of Monroe’s administration.The War of 1812 was a conflict in part engendered by British impressment of sailors from American ships, meaning that the British would board these ships on the high seas and take some of the seamen under the pretext that they were British deserters. The Treaty of Ghent that ended the war did not address the issue of impressment, because although it started out as the main point the Americans wanted, the British refused to budge on their claimed right, and the U.S. yielded the point had it become moot with the advent of peace.Charles Bagot was the British Ambassador to the United States in the aftermath of the War of 1812. Though the war was ended, the British were unable to let go of their focus on deserters. Bagot formally petitioned the American government complaining about the employment of British deserters in the American armed forces.  He went straight to … [Click Below for Full Description]
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