When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington

Peter Snow


In August 1814, the us military used to be defeated simply open air Washington, D.C., by way of the world's maximum army energy. President James Madison and his spouse had barely enough time to escape the White residence prior to the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to ceremonial dinner at the meal nonetheless sitting at the Madisons' dining-room desk earlier than environment the White residence on hearth. the level of the destruction was once substantial; comprehensive in wooden instead of marble, every thing contained in the mansion was once flamable. in simple terms the outer stone partitions may stand up to the fire.

The tide of the struggle of 1812 may speedy flip, despite the fact that. under a month later, American troops could stand triumphant on the conflict of citadel McHenry. Poet Francis Scott Key, struck by means of the sight of the yank flag waving over fortress McHenry, jotted down the beginnings of a poem that will be set to tune and develop into the U.S. nationwide anthem, "The famous person Spangled Banner."

In his compelling narrative variety, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer's impressive confrontations. Drawing from a wealth of fabric, together with eyewitness debts, Snow describes the colourful personalities on either side of these stunning occasions: together with the beleaguered President James Madison and primary woman Dolley, American heroes reminiscent of Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and mistaken army leaders like military leader William Winder and struggle Secretary John Armstrong. at the British facet, Snow re-creates the fiery Admiral George Cockburn, the wary yet immensely well known significant normal Robert Ross, and sharp-eyed diarists James Scott and George Gleig.

When Britain Burned the White House highlights this exceptional second in British and American heritage, the brave, winning safety of fortress McHenry and the yank triumph that will persist with, and America's and Britain's choice to by no means back struggle each one other.

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