In 1800, the U.S. Library of Congress was founded. It would be burned down by the British in 1814 and its 3,000 volumes along with it. Before descending on the capital, the British forces were met in Bladensburg, Maryland, by US forces. During this battle that saw the defeat of US forces and allowed the British to march on the capital, President Madison took control of a unit, becoming the only sitting president to lead in an actual battle. Learning of the fate of the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his collection of 6,487 volumes, the largest in the country, to the library in 1815 for $23,940. Could this 1800 eagle have been part of the large sum paid to the former president for his extensive collection?