Capitol Hill 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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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 Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Pennsylvania Avenue near 3rd Street when traveling west. Touch 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); St. Mark's Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); American Legion Post 8 (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Gardens Over the Top (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Little Ebenezer (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.