Chain Bridge's Place in History Erected in Arlington

Place in War of 1812 detailed in new marker

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:19 PM EDT
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Chain Bridge's Place in History Erected in Arlington

There's now a historic marker in place in Arlington, Va., to signify the role of Chain Bridge in the War of 1812.

The sign was dedicated Tuesday where Pimmit Run Trail crosses over Glebe Road at Chain Bridge Road.

The marker reads, "It was in this spot that a State Department clerk carried the Declaration of Independence and other documents -- packed into a wagon -- on August 23, 1812, as the British marched on Washington."

The clerk referenced in the marker had initially hidden the documents in an abandoned well on the Arlington site.  The day after the documents were carried over the Chain Bridge area, British troops burned the White House and the Capitol building.

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