Georgetown is a neighborhood located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River waterfront. Founded in 1751, the city of Georgetown substantially predated the establishment of the city of Washington and the District of Columbia. Georgetown retained its separate municipal status until 1871, when it was assimilated into the city of Washington.
Georgetown in Trail of Glory
After the Battle of Bladensburg, General William Winder ordered that all United States Army personnel abandon Washington, D.C. and rally at Georgetown, effectively leaving the capital city to the British.