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The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814

Anthony S. Pitch Naval Institute Press, 2000 - History - 298 pages 1 Review With all the immediacy of an eyewitness account, Anthony Pitch tells the dramatic story of the British invasion of Washington in the summer of 1814, an episode many call a defining moment in the coming-of-age of the United States. The British torched the Capitol, the White House, and many other public buildings, setting off an inferno that illuminated the countryside for miles and sending President James Madison scurrying out of town while his wife Dolley rescued a life-sized portrait of George Washington from the flames. The author's gripping narrative--hailed by a White House curator, a Senate historian, and the chairman of the National Geographic Society, among others--is filled with vivid details of the attack. Not confining his story to Washington, Pitch also describes the brave, resourceful defense of nearby Fort McHenry and tells how Francis Scott Key, a British hostage on a ship near the Baltimore harbor during the fort's bombardment, wrote a poem that became the national anthem.

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To this day, stones that bear the burn marks of the fire set by the British in the War of 1812 can be seen on the White House, but little thought is given to their context. Pitch attempts to bring ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

James Pitch is a tour leader and local D.C. historian of Washington D.C.

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Title The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814
Bluejacket Books Author Anthony S. Pitch Edition illustrated, revised Publisher Naval Institute Press, 2000 ISBN 1557504253, 9781557504258 Length 298 pages Subjects History  › United States  › General

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