The Burning of Washington, D.C.

It’s hard to imagine today, but on this day in 1814 British troops torched the White House, a fire that left the Executive Mansion a charred sandstone shell . The War of 1812 has been called the Second War of American Independence, but if it not been for the quick thinking of First Lady Dolly Madison relics of the first revolution including the original copy of the Declaration of Independence would have been burned to ashes. Here’s a great article on the event from the White House Historical Society. Also, one of my earlier posts gives additional details.

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2 responses to “The Burning of Washington, D.C.

  1. Ellen

    I can’t seem to open the artjicle. I’ll try again later. But…leave it to women to grab and run with the best furnishings in the case of fire. 🙂

  2. paulrhuard

    Heh, heh … this is one time though that a woman’s good taste saved some irreplaceable treasures. I will check the link in the article. Sorry that is (apparently) broken. Try this instead: http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_publications/publications_documents/whitehousehistory_04.pdf
    Cut and paste the address and put it in your browser if this message doesn’t offer it as a link.
    As always, thank you for being a faithful reader and commenter.

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