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The U.S. Capitol after burning by the British, by George Munger, ca. 1814

Mon, 2013-02-18 16:03 -- administrator

The U.S. Capitol after burning by the British, by George Munger, ca. 1814

On August 24, 1814, British troops defeated a small American force at Bladensburg, Maryland, and proceeded into Washington intent on destroying the public buildings; the unfinished Capitol came first. After the troops left and the fires died out, the local citizenry came to Capitol Hill to inspect the destruction first hand.

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