Washington is burned

Two hundred years ago this week, British forces advanced on Washington. Red coats swept aside the U.S. defenders at the Battle of Bladensburg, then entered the Capital, burning the White House, the Capitol and other public buildings in the fledgling city. Three weeks later the same British forces were defeated when they tried to capture Baltimore.

Two hundred years ago this week, British forces stormed Washington and burned it.
Through the Perilous Fight. Gene Thorp/The Washington Post. Published on August 23, 2014, 4:18 p.m.
 
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