The Burning of Washington

On 24 August 1814, Rear Admiral George Cockburn and a force of more than 4000 British soldiers routed the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg and marched on Washington, DC. They originally sent a major general in under a flag of truce, but after he and his party were attacked, the British said, ”well, the hell with this, then,” and set about burning the White … Continue reading The Burning of Washington