Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Capitol in Flames
—Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
The burning of the Capitol, where Congress had voted to declare war on Great Britain in June 1812, left the legislators homeless. So they reunited at the Patent Office, at seventh and F Streets, NW. On February 16, 1815, Congress ratified the Treaty of Ghent (and the war's end) at the Patent Office.
“I had no objection to burn[ing] arsenals, dockyards, frigates building, stores, barracks, etc.… but we were horrified at the order to burn the elegant houses of Parliament.” — British Captain Harry Smith
In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland,
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Erected by Cultural Tourism D.C.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.243′ N, 77° 0.135′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Pennsylvania Avenue near 3rd Street when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Destroying the Library (here, next to this marker); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Frederick Douglass (approx. ¼ mile away); The Old Brick Capitol (approx. 0.3 miles away); United States Capitol Grounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); United States Capitol (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eastern Market (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alva Belmont House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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