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The Burning of the Capitol, 1814

In 1812, the United States went to war with Great Britain. On the evening of August 24, 1814, British troops entered a largely abandoned Washington and set fire to many government buildings, including the Capitol. The following month, Congress returned to the city and ordered an investigation “. . . into the causes of the success of the Enemy.”

1 Image The U.S. Capitol After Burning by the British, by George Munger, ca.... View All Images
1 Image Letter to Patrick Magruder, Clerk of the House of Representatives,... View All Images
1 Image Resolution that a Committee be Appointed to Inquire Into the Causes... View All Images