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Exhibit Theme

The British Burn Washington

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Sketch of the March of the British...
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Sketch of the March of the British Army under Gen’l. Ross from the 19th to the 29th August 1814, map by D. Evans, 1814

A British map traced the route of the invasion of August 1814. On August 24, after overcoming American forces on the Patuxent River and in Bladensburg, Maryland, British troops under Major General Robert Ross and Rear-Admiral Sir George Cockburn entered Washington, D.C. Finding the city nearly abandoned, they burned federal buildings but spared most private property.


Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress