“Such as running away when the Brits came near the capitol and leaving it in chaos.”
You mean when the British captured Washington DC? I believe that was James Madison.
“Washington and Madison were brave in truth as well as thought and put their money where their mouths were, if you will.”
You are likely confusing Madison with Monroe. Monroe was a soldier during the Revolutionary War and was seriously wounded in one battle.
But since you mention Madison and DC, let’s get something straight.
Madison (who had been in the RevWar), taking literally the phrase “Commander in Chief”, rode out to Bladensburg to see to his troops. A little too late, as the “Races” had already begun. It wasn’t until after that battle that he as well as every other person in DC left town.